Nadine Gublin, celebrated oenologist, began working at Domaine Labruyère in 1988, then to be entrusted with the rather daunting, if exciting, responsibility for Domaine Jacques Prieur’s superlative collection of wines, heading up the technical team. Nadine was awarded “Winemaker of the Year” in 1997 by the Revue de Vin de France, the only French woman ever to be so recognised. Nadine works alongside current winemaker Edouard Labruyère.
Domaine Labruyère was created in the mid-nineteenth century when Jean-Marie Labruyère settled in Les Thorins in 1850, acquiring tiny, top-quality vineyards within the area, over the next ten years. Jean-Marie clearly had a good eye. Les Thorins, a hamlet of Romanèche-Thorins, would be included in the Moulin-à-Vent appellation when it was created in 1936. The family’s roots in the world of wine are therefore entrenched in history but the more recent past is what is really exciting.
Edouard Labruyère came to run the family’s estates in 2008, taking over from his father Jean-Pierre. This was twenty years after the family, along with other investors, had prevented Burgundy’s Domaine Jacques Prieur and its prodigious vineyard sites being sold to a foreign group. The family acquired majority shareholder status in 2007. Passionate about wine, the Labruyère family seeks out exemplary terroirs which, for some reason, have drifted off-course and are consequently rather forgotten by winelovers around the world.
The task at hand is to enable such properties to attain their true potential. Two other estates complement the family’s collection: Château Rouget in Pomerol (1992) and Champagne Labruyère - a grand cru estate in Verzenay, Montagne de Reims (2012).