Axel Prüfer (making wine under the domain Le Temps des Cerises) is a German winemaker based in the Langedouc region of France. His wines are known to be some of the best easy going, light glouglou style reds available and he has a loyal following because of this.
Le Temps des Cerises
His vineyards are surrounded by woods, and are a beautiful example of biodiversity and balance. They take up 8.5 hectares on granite and quartz land, producing grapes like Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault, Merlot and Aramon. To protect the plants from wild boars, Axel famously collects human hair from the hairdressers in the local village and spreads it around the vineyard. He ferments grape juice in stainless steel or fiberglass tanks and sometimes also old barrels that don’t influence the taste. The wines are light, yet very precise, delicious and full of life. Small quantities makes them quite sought-after.