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Les Pentes de Barène: a domain, a plot, a vintage. It is the smallest estate of the AOC Tursan, entirely created in 2004 on the steep hillside of the oldest bastide in the Landes. Pimbo is a stopover in Santiago de Compostela, a very clayey slope with a subsoil of molasse and a bank of lacustrine limestone. The steep slope has led us to develop...Lire plus Learn more
Les Pentes de Barène: a domain, a plot, a vintage. It is the smallest estate of the AOC Tursan, entirely created in 2004 on the steep hillside of the oldest bastide in the Landes. Pimbo is a stopover in Santiago de Compostela, a very clayey slope with a subsoil of molasse and a bank of lacustrine limestone. The steep slope has led us to build terraces to make the most of the south-facing exposure. They also allow a distribution of water flows, frequent and sometimes abundant rains, thus limiting soil erosion and leaching. The vineyard is only made up of white grape varieties, the original colour of Tursan wines, with a rare variety, nowadays, the BAROQUE. All work on the vine is done by hand, the trellising is high for the region (2.20m). The soils are grassed and mowed, the teenagers on the terraces are mowed twice a year. The protection of the vine is done according to the reasoned method in order to reconcile production and limiting the supply of products. The harvest is manual, the harvest is brought up to the cellar in crates with a caterpillar tractor. it is necessary to climb all the slopes!
I am an agricultural engineer, an oenologist who wanted to do like Dad, have his vineyard in front of the house and invite his friends for the harvest. It's done! The adventure to start in 2003, a few years earlier, we were looking for a place to live, we found much more! The project was validated as a family, the plot being small, the activity remains secondary and it is my wife, Gaëlle, who does everything I don't have time to do. For her everything was to be discovered, we were motivated and we are always happy to do it together. My challenge is to produce a good, elegant and distinctive wine to enhance the identity of this region's grape variety.
This estate was an event in the village, first a new couple with children, then this project which perpetuates their installation... as in the past people proposed themselves for planting, it was like harvesting: all together around the vine....and wine. The curiosity was all the more acute as the project planned a cellar, so the wine on site! whereas in Tursan, today, more than 95% of the vine surface belongs to the cooperative cellar, there are only four independent winegrowers!
They have found their vintage again, almost as before.
I loved this challenge. Creating an estate from A to Z, the vineyard, the cellar, the tasting cellar and the marketing network, what diversity, what a profession! And what a pride when visitors appreciate the nose, the aromas of this wine composed essentially of Baroque, a grape variety that many have forgotten. The challenge was risky: Parisian by birth, trained in the techniques of laboratories specialized in biotechnology, with a first job in Champagne, then reconverted into quality assurance in Toulouse to finish as a winegrower in the Landes. Can we talk about a return to earth? Daniel, he is Albigensian, we met in Champagne where he was finishing his studies, but the north of the Loire is not for him, so let's go to the sun and ...the southwest.