Meet the Producer: Vincent Alexis
A 40-hectare estate, fully organic since 2013. The 8th generation to work at the estate; Vincent Alexis joined his father in 2010 and talked him into bottling their own wines instead of selling them for bulk blending. 25ha are white. Vincent has recently planted lots more traditional grape varieties, Sulphur is only used on bottling for the Bergecrac Blanc and the Monbazillac. Soils are clay on limestone with iron and flint in the Pecharmant vineyards.
45 ha, organic (certified)
120,000 (80,000 with no So2)
COUNTRY, REGION, SUBREGION
France, Bergerac & Monbazillac in Pomport
Vincent is an eighth-generation winemaker; joining his father in 2010, when he started the organic "project" at Barouillet - bottling their own wines rather than selling the grapes for bulk-blending. Organic conversion started with six hectares and since 2013 the entire estate has been organic.
Sweet wine makes up 40 per cent of their production, with the rest a mix of red and dry white. They have 14 grape varieties planted and Vincent intends to keep re-planting old varieties until he is the first in the area to have all traditional permitted varieties.
The estate is split over three areas: Pomport, where the cellar is located – this is one of the highest plots in the area at ~180m; Pecharment – 15km away, the top red "cru" of Bergerac and the only all-red appellation, where they have six hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon; and 12 hectares at Mescoules, 4km away from the cellar.
In Pomport and Mescoules there is 10-40cm of clay topsoil and then limestone. Clay is good for hot weather due to water retention, and acidity in the wines is helped by the limestone. In Bergerac you need to work hard to keep acidity in the wines due to the warm, dry climate.
In Pecharment soil is a mix of red clay, iron and silex. The flint rocks in the soil retain heat which helps the maturation of the grapes. The area is cooler than the rest of Bergerac and has more rain, therefore the harvest is later and the fruit is riper.