The name of Valérie’s domaine, Trois Petiotes, is regional dialect for “3 Little Girls”, a tribute to her 3 daughters. After the birth of her 3rd daughter, Valérie and her husband, Denis, decided that life in the city wasn’t for them. Dreaming of becoming a winemaker, Valérie went to enology school. After graduating, she made the unlikely decision to move to Bordeaux and began making wine without chemicals or additives in the heart of, perhaps, the most conventional winemaking region of France.
Valérie became interested in natural wine because she found herself enjoying drinking these wines the most. Also because she believes the environment above all should be respected and that great wines are primarily made in the vineyard not in the cellar. She now owns 2.5 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Bourg and grows Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, interestingly, Malbec, which while now unusual for the region was widely grown here prior to the phylloxera epidemic in the late 19th century.