Christine Dupuy took over the Labranche-Laffont family estate in Madiran in 1993, and in doing so became the youngest female winemaker in the region. Christine also has the distinction of being one of only two winemakers in the region to own Tannat vines that date back to the late 19th Century, before the Phylloxera epidemic. She set about converting her estate to organic farming, and became certified in 2004. Her true mission, however, has been to elevate the reputation of Tannat, and she has successfully defied the stereotype that it can’t produce sophisticated wines.
Christine’s winemaking philosophy is one of common sense, respect for the environment, patience, and hands-on labor in the vineyards. The soil is disturbed as little as possible to preserve the microbiological balance, the vines are fertilized with compost, and grass is left to grow between every second vine. The result of her passionate efforts is the full expression of the terroir, as well as the individual character of each vintage, in her wines.
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