By Ruth Tobias | New Mexico Wino
When the Lescombes family opened St. Clair Winery in 1984, they knew what they were doing. Having made wine in France for generations, they recognized the potential of New Mexico’s high desert terroir; the vineyards they planted around the town of Lordsburg, in the southwest corner of the state, would soon become part of the Mimbres Valley AVA , now known for its fine alluvial soils.
And Herve Lescombes, along with sons Florent and Emmanuel, have been at it ever since, acquiring nearly 200 acres over the years to produce table, dessert and fruit wines under five labels — all while running three popular namesake bistros in Albuquerque, Farmington and Las Cruces. The signature St. Clair and reserve DH Lescombes lines, which emphasize Rhône Valley as well as Bordeaux varieties, have proven themselves in countless national competitions, going to show that they have a future here in the Land of Enchantment.
St. Clair also knows how to have a little fun with its production, churning out offerings like the ever-so-popular Mimosa, which, as you may have guessed, already combines the OJ and the sparkling wine in the bottle for you.
Winemaker: Philippe Littot
Annual case production: 95,000
Best bottle from the winemaker’s perspective: 2007 DH Lescombes Cabernet Franc
- 2007 Limited Release DH Lescombes Cabernet Franc, sweepstakes, best of class and best red at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
- NV St. Clair Gewürztraminer, Sweepstakes at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
- 2007 DH Lescombes Cabernet Sauvignon, gold medal at 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Southwest Wines Wine Club: 2 bottles of wine each month/winemaker’s selection. $339/year includes VIP discounts and event invitations.
St. Clair Winery Tasting Room, 1325 De Baca Road, Deming, 575-546-1179. Hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. Tastings and tours are free.