Luc Lapeyre's easygoing exterior belies the hard work and dedication which he applies to his wine. He is very much an instinctive winemaker. The three wines we carry, Le San Bres, L’Amourier and Les Clots all have quite different characteristics, and it is only Luc who knows what he wants to achieve, and how to go about it. The blends change according to each year’s harvest, and according to Luc’s nose and palate.
A technical question about the particular aromas and flavours of one of the wines will be answered with a Gallic shrug, telling us that that’s just the way his wine is, achieved by his intuition and experience in making the wine which represents him and his terroir. Having walked the vineyards with Luc, one gets a great sense of passion for his vocation.
Luc works organically. When we asked him was it harder working this way, he nodded but said, "It's nicer, more technical and more interesting. You have to really watch your grapes and pay attention all the time. But it's better for everybody; for the environment, for the soil, for me as a winemaker and for the customer."
In The Press
"Serious, complex wine for the money, with garrigue style herbs, black pepper, a hint of anis and dark fruit." Ernie Whalley, Sunday Times. "A characterful beauty with delicious spice and fruit. A serious bargain." Martin Moran, Sunday Times
"From one of the top estates in Minervois, a lovely rich, harmonious wine, with classy savoury fruits; smooth but grown up, with a nice dry finish, and some liquorice edges. Perfect with most stews and casseroles." John Wilson, Irish Times Magazine.
"Here is a cutting edge winemaker at the peak of his game. Unfiltered grenache, mourvedre and syrah dance with the garrigue fine hot heather and herb notes. Great acidity keeps the wine vibrant and fresh over a complex palate that includes hints of anise and white pepper, leading to a bright lifted, medium bodied finish." Tomás Clancy, Sunday Business Post
"An unfiltered blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan, opulent, silky, elegant, yet assertive. Aged in almost new oak for just a year it's impeccably orchestrated by a master wine conductor. Astounding value for money and a very smart wine indeed in which passion and single-mindedness shine through." Tom Doorley, Sunday Tribune
Ratings and Reviews
By Tom Doorley Sunday Tribune ,
By Ernie Whalley The Sunday Times ,
By Paul Kiernan - Wine Blogger Outstanding ,
- "Smooth and silky grenache-syrah-mouvedre blend. Tom Doorley says “astounding value for money”, Mary Dowey says it will “make the smoke of the fire seem insipid”, Paul Kiernan says “ripe blackberries and dark chocolate”. "
By Ian Brosnan - Ely Wine Bar Sommelier Outstanding ,
- "Fantastic value for money."
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