Elodie Balme's beginnings in wine started with sales. Realizing she was more interested in making wine than selling it, she quickly quit her job and decided to study viticulture/oenology, where she was placed part-time with Marcel Richaud. He quickly befriended her, taking her under his wing for the next 3 years. Exposed to biodynamic viticulture and minimal cellar intervention at a very young age, Elodie found inspiration in this work philosophy. With Marcel's encouragement, at 23 she decided to to start vinifiying and bottling independantly under her name.
This interview with Elodie Balme took place in her Côtes du Rhône vines in July, 2012.
CDRV "Champs Libres": (1.5HA): a single plot of mostly Grenache located in Roaix, on a plateau of red, ferrous marls and big galets on the surface, like the soils in garrigues. The vines are 55 years old. Through 2009, Elodie could not make a CDR Villages Roaix out of this plot, because the AOC imposes 50% Grenache minimum and a complement of Syrah and/or Mourvèdre coming from the same plot. In 2010, she got a small crop of Mourvèdre and will be able to make a CDR out of this vineyard. In Roaix, the sandy soils are either pure sand or have a sub-soil of safres, which are compacted layers of sand that retain water and keep the soil cooler.