Bauer is something of a prophetic name since ‘Baeur’ means peasant in the Goethe’s language ie German. After graduading from Isara school of Engineers, he got another degree from Lycée Viticole in Davayé. He did his training at several winemakers’ like the Bret Brothers, Domaine Jambon in the Beaujolais region but also in Canada. At that time, respect for vines and consumers were already his top priority. Today he cultivates his vines –located at the bottom of Roche de Narse- according to biodynamic principles. But with less than 2 hectares he can’t make a living out of his small holding that’s why he still works for Association des Producteurs Bio du Rhône et de la Loire whose aim is to help winegrowers to convert to organic farming and viticulture. Note that Jacques Néauport- a student and disciple of Jules Chauvet- is involved in this association as a teacher. But Jacques Néauport is also a talented winemaker, taster…well, definitely a man of sound advice. Luc benefited from the master’s expertise, experience and also- according to Luc himself- his intuition.
In such circumstances, no wonder he inherited such values as respect for the health of those who make and drink wines and a focus on producing genuine and emotional wines reflecting the uniqueness of their native terroirs. Without forgetting that it is part of being human to want to rehabilitate such a cultural heritage as the Côteau d’Argis, 100 hectares of vines planted in 1900 ! and to revive a depopulated area thanks to innovative and off-the-tracks initiatives. We really fell under Luc Bauer’s spell. We loved the last two vintages he presented to us. Vive Les Grangeons de l’Albarine and long live Natural Wines !