One of the gang of five pioneering natural winegrowers in the region
(along with Thevenet, Lapierre, Foillard and Breton), he counts Jules
Chauvet and Jacques Neauport as his inspirations. Métras is now widely
seen as one of the very top producers in the region, if not the top,
and his wines fetch quite a premium over those of others. But they are
in relative short supply: he farms just under 6 hectares of vines.
Métras works with semi-carbonic maceration, at very low temperatures.
His inspirations were Chauvet, Neauport and Lapierre. He learned from
them that it’s best if ferments are as long as possible. It’s really
risky and difficult working at low temperature, and most people who
make natural wine don’t have the courage. To work at temperatures as
low as 5 C you need perfect grapes: there is no alternative. Métras
says that he doesn’t like to taste his wines in winter, because what is
happening in the cuvée can scare him. His wines are incredible
expressions of terroir, making wines using natural yeasts and little to
Printmemps comes from younger vines and is a touch lighter and a bit
more delicate but still with the excellent Metras touch.