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Denis Malbec’s Thoughts on an Organic Wine Experience ~ An Educated and Trusted Palate

December 27th, 2011 by jo

Denis Malbec of Notre Vin:

I would like to share with you one of the highlights of our Christmas dinner [2011]. From Bernhard Ott, the best Grüner Veltliner I ever had in my life… An organic wine! — with May-Britt Malbec.

A bit about Denis Malbec

For Denis, being born at Latour allowed him to daily walk in between the barrels and bike through the vineyards. This was his neighborhood. As a result, he inherently learned vineyard and winery management with his father, Jean-Noel Malbec. Jean-Noel was also born at Latour, and worked there for 47 years. His tenure was from 1947 to 1994. Jean-Noel was cellar master from 1969 to 1994.

Winemaker Denis Malbec of Malbec & Malbec

Winemaker Denis Malbec of Malbec & Malbec

Denis’s grand father, Camille Malbec, worked in the vineyard from the 1920s until the end of the 1970s. Denis spent his childhood in the gardens of Latour with his grandfather. It is his grandfather  whom Denis credits as being the influential person that connected him to the earth’s bounty. He also developed a profound joi de vivre for nature at Latour, where he daily enjoyed the gardens, vineyards, and explored the majesty of the Gironde River, which is only 328 yards from vineyards to the riverbank. As a child, Denis was closely connected to nature: birds, fish, animals, dogs, and the air.

Leaving home to find his destiny, Denis first studied viticulture and enology in Bordeaux and later in Reims, Champagne. He completed his studies with a “Tour de France” of the vineyards through internships:

  • Château Haut-Brion – 1988
  • Château Lagrange – 1988
  • Pugnac Cooperative – 1989
  • Côte de Bourg, Léon Viollant – 1990
  • Owner and wine merchant in Côte de Beaune, Duval Leroy – 1990 & 1991
  • Côte des Blancs in Champagne
  • Calvet – 1992, negoçiant in Bordeaux
  • Started at Château Latour as one of the cellar workers in 1993
  • Took the position as Enologist and Cellar Master at Château Latour in 1994, making the vintages from 1994 to 1999

Roulé Rouge is delighted to be making an organic wine. We know how delicious organic foods are, including wine. Voulez vous  Roulé Rouge?

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