At Domaine de Lafage in the Coteaux de Quercy, Bernard Bouyssou is cultivating a biodynamic farm in its truest sense. On this 40-hectare property in the rolling, sparsely populated valley south of Cahors, Monsieur Bouyssou has planted 8 to cabernet franc, malbec, gamay, merlot and tannat. From these varietals he is producing red wine which harkens back to the stuff – we conjecture – of a far distant past. It is earthy, ruddy and redolent of wild herbs. A perfect match for grilled lamb or cassoulet. His pink is no lightweight either. This is to be drunk all the year through and possesses the heft to accompany even dark meats. Perfect with winter stews and gamey fowl.
The remainder of the land at Domaine de Lafage is given over to the growing of cereal grains to feed the livestock, who in turn nourish the vines. The circle is complete. Organic since 1987 and biodynamic since 1992.