Domaine de Pallus
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Bertrand Sourdais is a young winemaker born and raised in the Loire Valley, where his family have been making wine at Domaine de Pallus, in Chinon for five generations. He studied enology in Bordeaux, at the renowned Blanquefort school, where he met Ricardo Perez Palacios, nephew to Alvaro Palacios (of the emblematic winecellar of Bierzo which makes the Corullon). Their meeting and friendship lead Bertrand to Dominio de Atauta in 1999. Ever since, he has been proclaiming his love of the soil, the pre-phylloxera rootstock and the peculiar local Tinto Fino variety he encountered at Atauta, a small town in the province of Soria, in the Ribera's del Duero's less familiar reaches.
His resume includes training in Bordeaux (at Mouton Rothschild and Leoville Las Cases) and Chile (Santa Rita), amongst others. While achieving stardom in Spain (Atauta) Bertrand remained passionate for his native Chinon, and for its variety, Cabernet Franc. And so it was inevitable that he would someday apply his gifts at his family's estate, Domaine de Pallus in the appellation's heart in Cravant-les-Coteaux and chart a new course - to honor Chinon's soil and its ancient traditions. Of course, he has completely rethought the winemaking process; he applied biodynamic farming to his vineyards, employed an extended maceration up to thirty days and avoided the mistakes typically made by modernists. The results of his efforts have been a string of utterly profound and critically acclaimed wines.