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by Eugene McKenna July 24, 2020, The Wine Center Draperstown Co Derry NI, Northern Ireland's First Organic Wine Store

Nicolas Lebrun.

 Is the winemaker of the biodynamic estate, l'Enclos des Braves.

The enclosure of the Braves, a property of 8 ha, is located in Vertus, between L'isle-Sur-Tarn and Rabastens in the south-west of the Gaillac appellation. Dominating the Tarn valley, the slopes of the right bank have varied exposures and clay-limestone soils of varying depth.
Here, the combination of southern exposure and a soil rich in clay gives us an early terroir, slowly maturing, ensuring richness, finesse and balance of the wines. Three red grape varieties were planted in 1978:

  • Duras: 1.10 ha
  • Servadou or Braucol iron : 1.20 ha
  • Gamay: 0.90 ha

Two white grape varieties were planted in 1992:

  • Far from the eye: 1.10 ha
  • Sauvignon: 1.8 ha

In 2005, after ten years of activity as an oenologist, I bought these 6 ha of vines with my wife, built a cellar and launched myself into the adventure. Becoming a winegrower ... the ultimate step in my passion, back to the roots and to the reality of working the land. Two new plantings will be made in 2013 and 2014, with PrunelardFer Servadou and Mauzac on 2.2 ha.
The desire to make local wines quickly led me to give up weedkillers and synthetic phytosanitary products. the vineyard has been managed in organic farming since 2009 and biodynamic since 2012. In the cellar, the grapes are vinified and the wine aged without oenological products: fermentation by indigenous yeasts (naturally present in the grape), very little sulphites, no stabilizers (and the list goes on!).
This approach, based on the observation and support of our plots, allows us to obtain a healthy, unpolluted wine, a faithful expression of our terroir, our vineyard, the vintage and my personality as a winegrower.
There is great satisfaction when seeing wines which, year after year, evolve towards more purity, complexity and, in the end, give us more and more pleasure.

Eugene McKenna
Eugene McKenna


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