Vincent Quirac, formerly a desert guide in the Sahara, started his new life in wine from a blank page. It was his childhood friend Patrice Lescarret of Domaine des Causses Marines who would train him, find him some vines to work, and accompany him in his first steps. But Vincent is a quick learner, and the quality level in his wines has seen a meteoric rise. In Vincent’s vineyard, his brand of winegrowing brings to mind an attentive and meticulous gardener more than it does a big time producer – here we’re talking about 1.5 hectares. He produces a Graves and a Sauternes with great care and attention, and whose value for money is simply extraordinary. His ultra-confidential cuvées fly off the shelves of Bordeaux merchants. The style is of the “Beaujolais school”, semi-carbonic vinification, SO2 slightly higher than a typical natural wine. Which is normal for one who produces so little – it’s best to ensure one’s income. This is the kind of wine we’d to like see more of from Bordeaux. Vincent redefines, in a way that gives him a considerable head start on his peers, the flavour of authenticity: fruit, pleasure, immediacy... A real eye-opener.