Guide to the Loire regions


Grower Profiles

Domaine Lecomte
Bruno Lecomte is another céréalier-vigneron who came to make wine in Quincy. By no means local, the family’s 200 hectare farm is on the far side of Bourges in the village of Avord, perhaps more famous as being the home to the second-largest military base in France. But as a long-term wine lover, he saw an opportunity to diversify his interests with the purchase a 1.5 hectare parcel in La Pointe (the result of a six grower buy-out) in 1995. At the same time, he joined the Cave Romane consortium and his wines have been made at the Maison Blanche facility in Quincy ever since.

Following on from his initial toe-hold purchase, Lecomte expanded his holdings further in 1997 and again in 1999 by acquiring vineyards in Les Rimonés (old vines planted in the early 1980s), Les Crèves Coeurs, La Vallée Major and finally three separate parcels within the lieu-dit of La Brosse. The total holding now amounts to a credible seven hectares.

Since 2006, Bruno’s son Nicolas has joined him as winemaker and sales manager. The mild-mannered Nicolas studied in Tours and Angers before spending a year with Drouhin in Burgundy which also saw him work a stage with their venture in Oregon.

There are two different wines produced in Masion Blanche. The first called Traditionelle accounts for the vast majority of the production (approximately 42,000 bottles), whilst the oldest parcel, from Les Rimonés is marketed separately as Vieilles Vignes (about 7,000 bottles). On the basis of the 2008 and 2009 vintages tasted in Brinay in June 2010, Bruno and Nicolas Lecomte are one of the leading producers in the appellation and certainly appear motivated enough to enhance their reputation. For this reason, I include them in my combined ‘Top Ten’ growers of Quincy and Reuilly.

More recently, the Lecomtes have bought vines (as part of a consortium that will operate similarly to the co-operation cellars in Reuilly and Brinay) from Fabien Geoffrenet in Châteaumeillant. The incentive here was to allow them the opportunity to introduce a red and rosé into their selection. The first releases are from the 2010 vintage.  

Bruno et Nicolas Lecomte
Domaine des Caves
105 Avenue de Saint-Exupéry
T: + 33 2 48 69 27 14
P: + 33 6 07 29 98 86
P: + 33 6 87 04 91 56 (Nicolas)
F: + 33 2 48 69 16 42

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