My first tasting of the wines of Alexandre Bain took in the 2011 vintage, despite the fact that I have clapped eyes on the man and his wines at other tasting and trade events in the past. This was a shame, as Alexandre I have since discovered is quite charming, and it is not as if he has an expansive range of wines with which to get to grips; they are all Sauvignon Blanc and all Pouilly-Fumé, from organic and biodynamic vineyards. More importantly, they can be of very good quality indeed. This is not a domaine I will easily overlook in the future.
The domaine does not have a long history, and it has not been handed down to Alexandre (pictured above) from some benevolent ancestor. Indeed, it only really came into being in 2007, which was when Alexandre rented his first plot of vines. This was shortly after completing his viticultural education at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune; here Alexandre had been mentored by Mathieu Coste, a strong proponent of organic viticulture. I suspect Mathieu’s teachings influenced Alexandre, because upon acquiring his first plot of vines they were immediately converted to organic methods.