Winemaker Damien Laurent grew up among his family’s vines and the barrels at Chateau l’Escart, always tagging along as his grandfather made his way through the cellar to top up the wines. The growing cycle of the vineyard, the bustle of harvest and the slow rhythm of the winery have always been inextricable from his sense of family and belonging. He spent 12 years running the family business alongside his wife Lorena, a Chilean transplant who would later introduce him to the striking terroir of her homeland. In 2008 they purchased land in the Maipo valley, establishing 4 hectares of mostly Bordelaise varieties, returning in 2013 to stay with the first meaningful harvest. They have built the kind of family winery that has become the heart of a flourishing community, where kids grow up thinking it's a fun and totally normal autumnal activity to go foot crush grapes together with their friends. The wines they make tell that story with charm and humor and at a killer price point.