In the charming village of Puechabon, nestled within the prestigious AOP Terrasses du Larzac, lies an estate like no other. Established in the year 2009, this winemaking haven, known as L'Alternative, or Alternative Bis, has been crafting exceptional wines that speak of terroir, dedication, and a profound love for the art of winemaking.
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Alternative Bis, as it came to be known, emerged from the collective dreams of five close friends; Frédéric Kast, Cedric, Alex, Nicholas & Julie. These friends weren't just brought together by a common bond; they shared an unbridled passion for wines and the natural beauty that surrounded them. Their mission was simple yet profound: to cultivate their vineyards, produce exceptional grapes, and craft wines that would capture the very essence of their terroir.
Frédéric hails from the scenic region of Brittany but found his true calling in the vineyards of Alsace. In 2001, he ventured south, where he delved into a different approach to viticulture and the art of blending. His career reached new heights as he managed a prestigious château in Aniane from 2007 to 2016. Then, in 2009, he eagerly joined Alternative Bis, seizing the opportunity to cultivate "his" vineyard.
Today, he's the heart and soul of the winery, overseeing every aspect from grape cultivation to winemaking and sales. With unwavering dedication, he crafts wines that tell the story of his remarkable journey—a Brittany native's odyssey through the captivating world of wine.
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A Terroir Unlike Any Other
At the heart of Alternative Bis's winemaking journey lies a truly remarkable terroir. Spread across 3.5 hectares of land, this vineyard is a seamless expanse of rolled pebbles. It's a terroir that seems almost tailor-made for producing exceptional wines. Here, the vines thrive, soaking up the essence of the earth, and giving life to wines that are nothing short of extraordinary.
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The Wines of Alternative Bis
Alternative Bis is known for its distinctive wines, each with its own story to tell. Among their notable creations, two stand out: "Mas des Disciples" and the more recent addition, "Alphée." These wines are a testament to the winery's commitment to producing excellence from their own vineyards.
But the story doesn't end there. 'Alternative Bis extends its passion for winemaking by collaborating with partner producers for their "Poteaux" and "Phoenix" range. Here, they source the finest harvest from these partners and bring it to their estate for vinification, ensuring that each bottle carries the essence of their dedication until the very last drop.