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The estate is located less than 5 kilometres from Minerva, which bears the imprint of prehistoric hunter-gatherers and which was the scene of the crusade against the Cathars in 1210. Capital...Lire plus Learn more
The estate is located less than 5 kilometres from Minerva, which bears the imprint of prehistoric hunter-gatherers and which was the scene of the crusade against the Cathars in 1210. Historical capital of the Minervois, it is now one of the prestigious gateways to the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park and is one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France". Located in the heart of the Minervois, Domaine Sainte Luchaïre is more than 130 years old. Félix Yssanchon was the first owner of the Domaine de Sainte Luchaïre in 1884. It is now up to François-David MARTINO and his wife Agnès to perpetuate a tradition of unique and distinguished wine creators
For me, a winegrower is an alchemist of the earth and the vine who is in search of excellence by creating the best possible wine. It's a lifelong job. The first time I drank wine I was 13 years old. My parents owned a restaurant. One day, I drank 3 glasses of wine and went for a bike ride right after. I still remember the intoxication and well-being I felt at that time.
Although I didn't drink before my majority I think it was during this moment that I really loved wine, my inspiration comes from the superb wines from different countries that I had the chance to taste during my life through my many trips on all continents. His memories allow me to clearly know the type of wine I want to make.
The most exciting moments are the tasting sessions to define the blends of our future wines.
We do it regularly with Patrick, our cellar master. It is a time of both creation and rigorous analysis of the different wines in order to make the best possible vintage. It is a magical moment where one can sometimes make 3. our Cellar Master, Patrick is a pure wine lover who fell in when he was a kid! He graduated in 1998 with a BTS in Viticulture and Oenology from the École de Viticulture et d'Œnologie La Tour Blanche near Bordeaux. He began his career at the family estate, at Château des Thibeaud in Caplong, Sainte Foy appellation
After having been in charge of vine growing and winemaking for 4 years, he became in 2004 the manager and cellar master of the Domaine des Diurnes in Canada. For 7 years, he planted and created the estate's complete range of wines and spirits. When he returned to France in 2014, he took on a new challenge and became cellar manager at La Vignery for 4 years. He took over the technical management of the Domaine Sainte Luchaïre in 2018. He leads the creation of our wines in a technical and modern style, based on the roundness, balance and delicacy of the wines, and the Domaine Sainte Luchaïre has a soul and its name is Jessica! Our charming sales manager joined us in 2017 and is the oldest employee since the takeover of the estate in 2016. Her energy, dynamism and good humour have rocked the estate's growth and if Sainte Luchaïre is a nugget in the making, it is thanks to her determination and loyalty. We are very proud of the whole team who do a great
We are in a land of wine blessed by God. The arid land, the blazing sun and the sea winds and the black mountain make us a perfect land of wine. Our yields are well below the limits of the appellation and give our wines the concentration necessary to produce top-of-the-range wines. Our wines are 85% red. Wines of a very beautiful flamboyant red colour combining fruit maturity and velvety tannins. They express the freshness of our grapes and the woody notes of the best oak barrels in France. The fruity, complex and round side are really a unique characteristic of our wines. France is one of the most beautiful wine countries in the world. Paradoxically, the French believe that knowledge of wine is acquired through blood at birth such as nobility. Nothing is less true and the French do not know their wines well and even less the wines of the rest of the world. If you add to this that 70% of the wines they buy come from supermarkets, consumers are deprived of discovering thousands of winegrowers who do an extraordinary job.