The PEOPLE AT Clos Lapeyre
A team of 9 people
We now cultivate 18 hectares of vines and we do everything: from planting, to bottling, to marketing our bottles. The Clos Lapeyre team is now made up of Sandrine and Gabrielle, who form the administration and accounting department, Ruby and Pauline who form the sales and marketing team, Mathieu, Fred and Romain, who maintain the vineyards, and finally Christian and myself Jean-Bernard Larrieu in charge of the vineyard and responsible of the cellar. Sandrine and Gabrielle’s working time is shared with the winegrower friends through an Employers’ Group.
Structuration of Clos Lapeyre’s export department with Accents et Terroirs
Accents et Terroirs is an agency used by 12 winegrowers, specializing in wine exporting.
They help export roughly a third of our production to around twenty countries, each with its own administrative constraints. Géraud CHAMBOISSIER, the main actor of Accents et Terroirs is our neighbor, our friend, a keen hunter of the region, and a grape picker from time to time … The 12 winegrowers from the South West for which they promote the wines, are long-time friends, all certified in organic and biodynamic agriculture, they are dynamic and passionate people … The Clos Lapeyre is of course a part of the team.
The GIE Expressions SUD OUEST grows bigger !
The GIE “Expressions de Terroir” was created in 1998 from the friendship of 5 winegrowers from the South-West of France. Their objective: put together means of communication and logistics to promote and market their wines in France.
The group has grown to 7 winegrowers and then to 8. The eighth winegrower has been part of the adventure since winter 2017.
We are still structured as an Economic Interest Group, but under the new name “Expressions Sud-Ouest”. We’re by no means a wine merchant/trader but simply a community of winegrowers from the following appellations : Jurançon, Madiran, Gascogne, Fronton, Gaillac, Cahors, Bergerac and Buzet.
For professionals, we offer our wines in groupage through an integrated service: 1 order, 1 delivery, 1 invoice. All our wines are stored on a platform in Lectoure.
A price list optimizes distribution, transport, and management costs.
Expressions Sud-Ouest presents the mosaic of wines from the South-West with the diversity of its terroirs, its grape varieties, and its personalities. Our range includes around 60 different wines.
We remain at your disposal with Yannick, sales manager on 06 67 37 34 21 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2013, we have been implementing biodynamics on the vineyard: it is like the “homeopathy” of biology by the application of preparations and the respect of a lunar calendar to revitalize the life of the soil and strengthen the immunity and vitality of plants. Biodynamics is the belief that all forces influence living things.
The Reception of Groups
Significant work on the different buildings was underway and made it possible to recreate the farmhouse with an interior courtyard. This was an opportunity for us to rehabilitate the old henhouse (“poralhera” in Béarnais) into a magnificent reception room, overlooking the vineyards and the Pyrenees mountains, to develop the reception of groups and welcome lovers of Jurançon wines whether it be with family or friends.
The Domaine De Nays-Labassère integrates the Clos Lapeyre
This particular year, we were asked to take over the 6 hectares of vineyard around the Nays-Labassère property. It is a magnificent and old vineyard in the heart of the village … This was a new bet for the Clos Lapeyre team.
In 2005, the Nays estate began its conversion to Organic Agriculture.
Reconversion into organic farming
The Distribution Network Is Structured Around 7 winegrower friends
The Road of the Wines from Jurançon
Le Clos Lapeyre adhered to and actively contributed to the activities of the Jurançon Wine Route: an association that manages still today the magnificent Maison des Vins in the neighboring village of Lacommande. The place has its own store and a laboratory. The Jurançon Wine Route is also a collection of cultural, technical, and commercial activities and events. Finally, it is this very place that promotes the AOC Jurançon.
A team that is growing
The Clos Lapeyre hires its second employee.
New plot : « Poudempa »
The « Poudempa » plot was planted with Petit Manseng on 1 hectare.
The Clos Lapeyre grows
To ensure constant production, the first employee was hired at the Clos Lapeyre estate and then a pneumatic wine press came to equip the cellar.
The operation specializes in the cultivation of the vine
The farm stopped growing strawberries and raising cattle, and until 1990 began to expand the cellar. In 1991, the 1 ha “Navaillés” plot was planted with Gros Manseng.
Birth of the Agricultural Equipment Use Cooperative
Birth of Clos Lapeyre
After his studies in viticulture and oenology, Jean-Bernard LARRIEU set up a small winemaking cellar with the help and complicity of his father Marcel: Clos Lapeyre was born.
The farm is shared between strawberries, vines and blondes d’Aquitaine
The exploitation covered back then 16 hectares, including 3.5 hectares of vines harvested and delivered to the cooperative cellar of Gan, 12 hectares of meadows for the breeding of 25 blond cows of Aquitaine, 0.50 hectares of strawberries in hillsides which produced 10 to 12 tonnes of strawberries per year, sold directly in Pau and providing 2/3 of the farm’s income.