Laurent Troubat (from Savoie) and Pauline Mourrain (from Brittany) met at engineering school in Strasbourg. Graduating in 2011, they quickly realised they’d chosen the wrong career. Their longing for open spaces, their desire to reconnect with nature, to meet amazing people, led them to raise anchor and set sail for Australia. The young couple would work in different types of farming: apiculture/beekeeping, banana production and finally viticulture. They’d found their career! Returning to France, Pauline headed to Dijon to study viticulture and oenology, and an internship brought her to Puy-Notre-Dame in the Loire. There, a fortuitous meeting yielded an opportunity in 2016 to acquire 4 hectares of vines – vines cultivated biodynamically for the last 20 years! Our neo-vignerons thus had the cards stacked in their favour from the their estate’s very beginnings. And with good sense and a desire to produce sincere, living wines, a year later they landed a 2nd place prize in the French ‘winemakers of the future’ contest, Vignerons et Terroirs d'Avenir. Their wines were so convincing that they were invited to join the cast of Pur Jus from the very first vintage. In Vino Veritas indeed.
A killer wine! A complex nose, huge minerality, citrus notes... Palate: this is an intense, structured juice, with great freshness, body and length. A crystalline Chenin, with a saline finish... They have progressed very, very quickly at Domaine l'Austral – watch out for these guys! A wine to put in your cellar ASAP!