Ca Boit Libre - 2020 - Ton Rouge du Lac
Ca Boit Libre - 2020 - Ton Rouge du Lac

Pinot Noir

Savoie, France

Damien Bastien's Domaine Ca Boit Libre is based in Marignan, a few steps from Lake Geneva. Damien, a relatively young winemaker, had his first harvest in 2018. Before the Ca Boit Libre project, Damien started out as a horticulturist and spent a significant part of his career in the Republic of Chad studying agriculture and ecosystems there. When he returned to Geneva, he became interested in the world of wine and began working as an apprentice with the respected Savoyard vigneron Dominique Lucas. During that time, he also spent several years working with the equally respected Anne and Jean-Francois Ganevat in Jura, making the long journey several times a week from Savoie to Jura to work with them. The dedication and long hours put in during this time certainly paid off. In 2019, Damien acquired the vines from retired vigneron Jean-Marie Chappuis and launched his own project. It feels like a good homecoming story, given that Damien's grandfather Andre Goddard was a great farmer and was part of a pivotal campaign for Savoyard wines to be recognized under an official AOC. In fact, the name Damien uses on his labels (Damien Bastien Goddard) recognizes his grandfather's legacy by using his last name, Goddard. (Unicorn Wines)