Out of wine school at the University of Bordeaux, Bertrand Sourdais worked at Mouton Rothschild, Santa Rita in Chile, and for Alvaro Palacios. In 2004, he made history at Atauta in Ribera Del Duero by defeating 2000 Latour and tying 1994 Vega Sicilia in a Franco- Spanish taste-off organized by Michel Bettane and Jose Penin.
The financial downturn spelled the end of Atauta, but Bertrand returned home to his family's winery that was established in 1883 at Cravant les Coteaux.
Bertrand's "Messanges" is a pure expression of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, avoiding any use of oak. In fact, "Messanges" is a name for the grape in the regional dialect. The wine is aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel for over 6 months. The result is a soft wine with abundant bright red berry notes combined with mild spice, herbal and stony qualities.