The Lauribert estate has been family-managed for 5 generations. Initially, the whole grape harvest was processed by the cooperative cellar. In 1997, in spite of the complexity of the task, Laurent Sourdon decided to form a team of his own and make wine.
The Lauribert estate lies within the Papal Enclave, with land in Visan and Valréas with vines that have been in the family for five generations, going back to the middle of the 19th century. Obviously, tradition and know-how go hand in hand, and have done for many years. Like all French AOCs, Domaine des Lauribert wine is subject to strict rules. All aspects of wine production are checked and regulated. Each bottle bears a batch number to guarantee traceability. The grape varieties and their proportions are defined by decree to guarantee the quality of the wine’s flavour and its varieties.
Vine growing involves a multitude of constraints. Although watering is tolerated to a certain extent, the Lauribert estate has banned it. Production is limited by green harvesting (removing excess grapes before maturity) to ensure that the vines produce only optimal quality grapes. To further improve quality, grass is planted in the aisles at Lauribert to counter-balance the vine’s strength. Weeding is limited to harmful plants. Techniques for training vines along wire have been studied and reviewed to ensure maximum photosynthesis for the vines. The soil is fertilised only to provide the necessary organic and mineral compounds. The character of the Papal Enclave terroir brings temperament and personality to the wine..