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Domaine Thomas-Labaille Visit
This visit to Domaine Thomas-Labaille took place in January, 2015.
Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Noah Oldham, David Sink, Patrick Capiello, Hadley Foss and Josefa Concannon.
RIP to Buster, the best dog ever.
If Louis/Dressner Selections was a band with a greatest hits album, Thomas-Labaille's "Cuvée Buster" would probably be Track 3.
We didn't have much of a sunlight window, so after a big group greeting with Jean-Paul Labaille, we headed straight to
Before getting into any details about Les Monts Damnés, we need to talk about Jean-Paul's jacket. It is without a doubt the best jacket ever worn by a human being. And if its insane color combinations weren't enough, the brand's "manifesto" on the back is all the proof you need:
That is the best testimony for the life itself. Fact.
If you've never met Jean-Paul, the act of so effortlessly pulling off this jacket should cue you in to his extremely confident nature. Because let's face it: that shit is hard to pull off.
Ok, so have you seen or heard of this Mont Damnés vineyard? It's shockingly steep!
Monts Damnés is within the
From Les Monts Damnés, we headed over to a vineyard called Cul du Beaujau.
Jean-Paul doesn't own this vineyard, but considers it one of the best views of
Of course, there's two sides to every story, so we then drove to the northern vineyards to check those out.
Here's a good pic of the view of the southern vineyards:
The sun was setting, so we decided to head to the
When you enter the relatively new Thomas-Labaille
Some things you can't un-see...
Still, if you don't at the very least find this painting amusing, I don't know if we can ever be friends. I can only imagine the reaction of prudish tourists visiting the winery for the first time! Kudos to Jean-Paul for owning the boldest jacket AND self portrait in the universe.
It was time to taste the 2014's!
The vast majority of Jean-Paul's production
"They're not the most beautiful things in the world, but they get the job done!"
As with the rest of the
Someone spotted and decided to photograph this inspirational calendar:
After tasting the 2014 juices, we were treated to a truly next-level tasting of back
Jean-Paul pulled out all the stops. We tasted 2012, 2008, 2006 and 2001 "Monts Damnés", 1997, 1996 1988 and 1985
If having such an amazing tasting wasn't enough, Jean-Paul's wife Laurence prepared us a true feast that was one of the best meals of the trip!
Look at the size of that cheese plate!!!
When I complemented Laurence after the meal, she told me:
"It's easy. I'm used to it."
Oh my god can she cook! Jean-Paul was in a really good mood, and ended the night with 1985 Mirabelle
Man that was a fun night.