Biodynamic Producer Domaine Rouge-Bleu
Seated & guided tasting with owner Thomas Bertrand
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-7:30 pm, $10* (free for members)
Even for a princess-bride, dreaming up this fairytale girl-meets-boy encounter could be a stretch. Two co-workers met for the first time as their Eurostar train rocketed through the French countryside on the rail tracks from London to Paris. Their weekend in France’s Champagne region, as guests of Krug and Dom Pérignon, was the beginning of a long-distance romance.
Caroline Jones, who hails from Western Australia, is now married to French native Thomas Bertrand, the same fellow who caught her eye on that fast-moving train. In what some might consider a risky roll of the dice, they recently purchased a vineyard in France’s southern Rhone region. In reality, this acquisition may seem a little less reckless once you understand that Caroline and Thomas both have rich backgrounds in the wine industry.
From the Vosges mountains in the east of France, Thomas spent 12 years in the UK working exclusively in the wine trade. After working for one of the major wine estates in Chateauneuf-du-Pape as head of Domestic Sales and Oenotourism, he was able, since 2015, to devote himself fully to Domaine Rouge-Bleu. Having sold and tasted many wines from around the world, Thomas decided it was time to have a go at making the stuff! A real wish to return to the rural lifestyle of his childhood, and Caroline’s shared interest in French living, were the catalysts for moving back to France and starting the search for their dream vineyard.
Thomas and Caroline now own and operate Domaine Rouge-Bleu in Provence, located not too distant from the legendary Châteauneuf-du-Pape cellars. The Domaine follows a biodynamic methodology, where they use low-sulfur doses in the final wines, well below those permissible by biodynamic law. Their goal is ultimately to make wines that they enjoy drinking themselves.
Featured Red Wines: Domaine Rouge-Bleu Vin de Pays de Méditerranée Dentelle Rouge, Domaine Rouge-Bleu Côtes du Rhône Mistral and Domaine Rouge-Bleu Lunatique (100-yr old Grenache vines)