Damien Bastien’s domaine Ca Boit Libre is based in Marignan, just a stone’s throw from Lake Leman. A relatively young domaine, Damien had his first vintage in 2018. Prior to the Ca Boit Libre project, Damien cut his teeth as a horticulturist, spending a major leg of his career in the Republic of Chad studying the agriculture and ecosystems there. When he returned to Geneva, he found himself interested in the world of wine and picked up an apprenticeship with respected Savoyard vigneron Dominique Lucas. During that time, he also picked up several hours working with the equally respected Anne and Jean-Francois Ganevat in Jura, and would make the long commute several times a week from Savoie to Jura to work with them.
The dedication and long hours spent during this time surely paid off. In 2019 Damien acquired the vines of the retiring vigneron Jean-Marie Chappuis and launched his own project. It feels a fitting coming-home story, given that Damien’s grandfather Andre Goddard was a keen agriculturalist and a part of an instrumental campaign to have the wines of Savoie recognised under an official AOC. In fact, the name Damien uses on his labels (Damien Bastien Goddard) recognises the legacy of his grandfather through the use of his surname, Goddard.
The philosophies behind Ca Boit Libre are deeply inspired by those practiced by Damien’s mentors. Primarily chasselas, the wines are incredibly expressive and individual, each spending varied quantities of time on their lees, and are bottled without any additions. The wines show wonderful duality, an internal push and pull of weight, texture, acidity, and salinity. For us, the influence of Damien’s mentors, his attention to detail, and love of the land he lives on and works off of, are all present in his wines.