Place: Roussillon, FRA
Variety: Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir
Tom Lubbe is a New Zealander who grew up and made wine in South Africa for years before moving to the Roussillon in the south of France to work with stalwart producer Gérard Gauby of Domaine Gauby.
Tom met his wife, Nathalie, while working with Gérard (she is his sister) so, for love of the heart and the land, Tom pulled his roots from South African soils and grafted himself onto French rootstock.
Tom has inspired a generation of passionate producers who eschew the picturesque rows of vineyards and chateau airs, opting instead for a vineyard to exist as an element of a greater ecosystem which itself exists as a part of a greater whole.
That means organic and biodynamic farming, the introduction and cultivation of non-vine flora, and no chemical aids whatsoever.
The result is pure, energetic and unbridled.
Very old vines of Grenache Gris 90% and Grenache Noir 10% grown on schiste. 3 week maceration as whole clusters in large wood. 8 month elevage in wood. Vine age 100+