Thibault Le­poutre

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Piedra Ne­gra, Ar­gentina

A se­mes­ter at univer­sity in Men­doza in­spired French­man Thibault Le­poutre to re­turn to the coun­try six years later to work for François Lur­ton’s Piedra Ne­gra win­ery. In the mean­time, he’d fin­ished his stud­ies in Bordeaux and Mont­pel­lier, and worked in Por­tu­gal and the Ukraine, pick­ing up two more lan­guages along the way. He also plays the gui­tar and clar­inet and flies small planes.

This im­pres­sive poly­glot makes a num­ber of im­pres­sive wines at Piedra Ne­gra in Los Cha­cayes (as well as for his own mi­cro-pro­ject, Mundo Revès) – none more so than the Gran Lur­ton Corte Fri­u­lano white blend, which has al­ways been one of Ar­gentina’s best and most age­wor­thy wines, but has reached new lev­els of com­plex­ity on his watch since 2012, blend­ing To­cai Fri­u­lano, Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Viog­nier and Chardon­nay to bril­liant ef­fect. He also has a hand in another stel­lar white wine, Blan­chard y Lur­ton, François Lur­ton’s joint ven­ture with An­drés Blan­chard. Are these works of art? Le­poutre doesn’t think so. ‘Wine­mak­ers are ar­ti­sans or crafts­men if you pre­fer, not artists, but through our wines we can pro­voke emo­tions in peo­ple, maybe even en­cour­age them to dream a lit­tle.’

Thibault Le­poutre

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