Experience after experience, five years went by working in the Bordeaux region (Saint-Émilion) expanding little by little my knowledge of the field.
Life saw to it that I would meet many people, one of whom was Stéphane Dereoncourt, a self-taught winemaker from the Bordeaux region.
With him I discovered sensitivity, how wines can become pleasurable, balance and lightness.
The love for a job well done, the close attention given to our interventions on the land, the importance of tasting to see the development of wines, and the respect for the raw materials.
It may seem silly, but these are things we aren’t taught at school… We never learn that the most essential thing is to make wines we love. Never do we talk in class about poetry, love and pleasure. Stéphane helped me realise all of that… Sometimes, an encounter can be life-changing.
Naturally (just like how it seemed natural to have a cow, a horse/mare and a dog for a balanced lifestyle) came a deep desire to spread my own wings and vinify my own vines.
At the end of 2000, I started the search for a place to live, a piece of land where I could live out my passion for earth and wine.
I was immediately captivated by Calce, in the Pyrenees-Orientales, as if there couldn’t be any other place for this adventure. Ever since one phone call and my meeting with Gérard Gauby (a friend of my brother), I have never turned back.
In as little as one month, I went from being unemployed to being a wine-grower, with paperwork for the bank replacing paperwork I had for the government benefit.