a family story
a family story
Clos Triguedina has been the cradle of the Baldès family since 1830. The place has a long history rich in the lives of men and women. Pilgrims on the Santiago di Compostella route would often stop there to eat («me trigo de dina» in the Occitan language of southwest France means «I am looking forward to dinner»).
The Baldès family have, for their part, built up Clos Triguedina by passing on their knowledge, determination and passion from father to son. Their pioneering spirit has led them to be one of the founding families of the Cahors wine region (A.O.C.)
Étienne Baldès planted his first plots of Cahors vines at Clos Triguedina in 1830, having identified the best terraces of the Lot valley. The vineyard, partially destroyed by phylloxera in 1877, was replanted subsequently. Protected by its micro-climate, it was only partially affected by the severe frosts of 1956. As a result, it has been able to preserve relatively old vines for top-of-the-range growths. René Baldès, a wine-grower of repute, participated in the creation of the first Cahors wine syndicate, as well as the Cahors region’s wine order or confrérie. He was also the region’s most sought-after specialist in grafting vine plants.
Jean Baldès, as enthusiastic and innovative as his father, had the first stainless steel vat in the A.O.C Cahors wine region in 1976. He enlarged the surface area of the estate to twice its size and developed the production of fine wines. Jean-Luc Baldès, together with his wife Sabine, continue the work of his forebears. The estate’s red and white wines receive regular praise in the press and are awarded national and international prizes. Jean-Luc Baldès has elevated his wines to the highest level in the region. He has now spent 30 years producing wine on this property, to which he remains passionately attached. Jean-Luc has forged himself a name as «the master of malbec».
Juliette Baldès, Jean-Luc’s and Sabine’s daughter, made up her mind at the age of 5 to become a wine producer and to continue the Baldès family tradition at Clos Triguedina. She is currently studying for the profession, encouraged by her younger brother, Jean, who also has a great interest in everything to do with Clos Triguedina.