Pauline Broqua (Domaine des Buis) - Les Brumes 2019
100% Chenin Blanc
Aveyron, Southwest France, France
From Maison Libre-
Pauline just took over this 7ha domaine from a retiring winemaker who used to work vines & soils conventionally. Now, and thats such powerful good news, this young woman with this big smile & these strong convictions is bringing back life & biodiversity by applying biodynamic methods, by working manually, by using the plow instead of chemicals. Its all about recollection, about doing whats right for soils, for wildlife & ofcourse for us winelovers who want to drink real & natural. Its the very beginning of a beautiful yet tiring, a meaningful yet exhausting journey Pauline has decided to embark on. I love being able to experience these journeys, to witness it, to see & feel it. It has something deeply satisfactory watching this transformation in vineyards. To watch positive change as it happens.
Pauline herself is all about Savoir Faire, about knowledge & experience. She started up in one of the best places you can imagine “Les Temps des Vendanges” in Toulouse where she learned to taste etc. with pioneer & wine dealer legend Eric Cuestas. Having dreams & plans around her own little winebar in mind she started to spend time with winemakers, to get her hands dirty, to learn & observe in vineyards & cellars. And it was during these “internships” that she felt her own mindset, her own plans change. She was with my old friend Laurence (“Yoyo”) down in Montesquieue/Banyuls when she realised that she really wanted to become a winemaker, that she wanted to live a different life on the countryside, leave the city, leave the restaurant/gastro lifestyle. She decided to do a 2 year program studying viniculture & oenology, worked with Ferme St. Martin & with Nicolas Carmarans in the hills of Aveyron. Which is where the circle closes – Pauline fell in love with the area, the grape varieties, she saw an opportunity coming up at Les Buis, seized it & here we go: Switzerland just received the first two wines she produced in her new home, in her new life. We are thrilled to be Paulines swiss importer from this very beginning! We are looking forward to all these delicious wines in the vintages to come & most of all we are looking forward to witness this wonderful journey Pauline Broqua has embarked on.