Loire Valley Wine
The vine and the vines that play an integral part of the historical and cultural model of « art de vivre à la française » have been growing in the Loire Valley since around the 5th century.
From the 9th to the 12th centuries, monastic life featured significantly in the advancement of the vineyards, while the enthusiasm of the kings of France for this area and all it had to offer also played a major part in their growth.
The limestone that lends itself so well to castle construction is also critical to growing grapes in this region. The Loire Valley today has 50 appellations, thousands of producers and the greatest diversity of wines in the world.
Wines of the Loire Valley.
AOC TOURAINE AZAY-LE-RIDEAU
Thierry BESARD AOC Touraine et Val de Loire.
Thierry is a third generation of winemakers, producing on the 7 hectares of land on the hillsides of the Loire and Indre (a left tributary to the Loire). The grape varieties are : Chenin (also called Pineau of Loire) for the whites, Grolleau for the rosés, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and a bit of Côt (Malbec) for the reds AOC. For the whites and the rosés, as well as old vines for the reds are harvested manually.
The grapes are treated with the maximum care, the process of fermentation is done slowly, under the temperature control, the maturation (ageing) takes place about six months (ageing on its must or without) resulting in refined different varieties of wines.
Thierry BESARD wines gain constant awards and recognitions, amongst others by The Guide ‘Hachette des Vins’ as well as ‘La Revue du vin de France’ and ‘Cuisine et Vins de France’ magazines.
Our guests particularly appreciate Thierry’s pink sparkling, made according to Méthode Traditionelle also known as Méthode Champenoise.
AOC BOURGUEIL et AOC SAINT-NICOLAS-DE-BOURGUEIL
Sylvie & Christian PANTALÉON, Domaine PANTALÉON et Fils
Sylvie, Christian and their son Anthony operate (produce) on the 16 hectares of family domain. The vine grows on a gravel and clayey limestone soil, where the Cabernet Franc grape shows all its qualities at its best.
The domain produces some great reds using the traditional method typical for the area. The industry of wine making being predominantly male but In this case it is Sylvie who is in charge (playing the first role, as at the front..) with her exceptional personality, she is happy to share her passion for the winemaking through hosting the wine tasting and showing you through the domain’s impressive winery facilities.
Jean-Charles BRUNEAU, Vignoble de la CHEVALERIE
Winegrowers from father to son for 3 generations producing red wines and rosé AOC Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil.
25 ha of vines planted mainly on sand and gravel soils which gives the wines a supple, light and fruity character.
Domaine du ROCHOUARD
Family business created in 1969 by Mr Guy DUVEAU. Since his retirement, his sons Dominique and Jean-Luc have continued to operate the estate and in 2015 obtained the AB label: Organic Agriculture. 22 hectares in the Bourgueil, St Nicolas de Bourgueil and IGP appellations for the whites.
Vignoble de la POËLERIE, Claude, François et Pierre-Édouard CAILLE
This wine is a result of several generations of family effort. It is installed on 21 hectares of wine production, on the alluvium riversides of Vienne, a significant left tributary of the lower Loire, which is favourable for elaboration of the high quality Chinon wines. It is produced from the 40 years old vines, giving a wine with strong black cherry clear notes, as well as red fruit and exotic spice aromas. A wellrounded, elegant wine.
The DNA of Saumur-Champigny is a land of red wine production that extends around 9 villages in the Loire Valley. The Saumur-Champigny go well with the nature they preserve, with the Loire and the tufa which give the Cabernet franc all its freshness.
Domaine des BONNEVEAUX, Famille BOURDOUX
15 hectars of wine exploitation by a Bourdoux family, from generation to a generation, situated in Varains, in the heart of Saumur Champigny is done in the respect to the tradition, with a manual grape harvesting and the cuvé is thermoregulated in order to provide an optimal mastering of process of wine maceration.
The cuvées of the domain are :
Vieilles Vignes – great reds produced from Cabernet Franc grape using the traditional method typical for developing the best of Saumur Champigny reds.
Rosé de Loire – a rosé with an exception Christal, pale rose colour. It is best served at the 9° C and goes along (accompanies) perfectly white meats, starters or appetizers and charcuterie.
Crémant de Loire – the best of festive wines, a sparkling white made from Chenin with a pale straw color with golden reflects, with flower and fruit notes.
Crémant de Loire Rosé – produced from the Cabernet Franc grape, is of salmon pink color with strawberry and rasbery notes developing in the mouth. A great sparkling for celebration, aperitif or dessert, and pourquoi pas along the whole course of a festive meal.
Domaine de LUCET
Since 1928, elaborating their wines through four generations this domain is situated on the axe Cholet-Saumur, on the hills of the Tremont village, on 24,5 ha of vines. Passionate about their metier you will be welcomed in the domain’s premises and introduced to the wine-making process, the cellar, and, of course, the wines!
Domaine du PETIT VAL- GOIZIL
Half way between Angers and Saumur, the vines of Petit Val are situated within the villages of Chavagnes and Thouarcé in the heart of Coteaux du Layon. The domain was created in 1950 by Vincent GOIZIL on 7 hectares of vines, including 1,3 AOC Bonnezeaux. After their children Denis and Janine took over the family business in 1988 and acquired more parcelles, and domain covered 18 hectares of vignes in total. Today domain comprises of 47 ha of vines, Simon, the son of Janine and Denis joined the family production in 2014.
Les 47 hectares du domaine se répartissent de la manière suivante :
- 19 ha sont consacrés au Chenin dont 16,5 en appellation Coteaux du Layon et le reste en Bonnezeaux;
- 19,70 ha de cabernet Franc et de Cabernet Sauvignon donnent les Anjou et Anjou Villages rouges ainsi que le Cabernet d’Anjou Rosé;
- 0,80 ha de gamay noir et 2,80 ha de grolleau pour le Rosé d’Anjou, Rosé de Loire et le vin de Pays rouge;
- 3,40 ha de Chardonnay pour le Blanc sec et le Crémant de Loire associé au Chenin et au Cabernet Franc,
- 1,30 ha de sauvignon blanc en vin blanc sec
La récolte est manuelle pour le chardonnay, chenin et cabernet franc destinés au Crémant De Loire. Automatisé pour les vins blancs secs, les rosés, les mousseux et les vins rouges si l’état général du fruit le permet, mais elle se fait manuellement si beaucoup de raisins sont abîmés ou si il y a de grandes disparités de maturité. Quant aux parcelles de Coteaux du Layon et de Bonnezeaux, elles sont naturellement vendangées à la main par tries successives, pour ne cueillir que les grappes suffisamment atteintes par la « pourriture noble ».
AOC COTEAUX DU LOIRE ET AOC JASNIÈRES
From the Pineau d’Aunis grape variety, the reds are light but show character with spicy tones; they can be drunk chilled or at room temperature. Made from Chenin Blanc (or Pineau de la Loire), the whites develop an exceptional aroma as soon as they are harvested and often become great wines for laying down. These can be recognised by their taste of flint.
The whites, Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières which is the most famous, are made from the single grape variety Chenin or Pineau de la Loire. They are fruity and ranked among the best dry white wines in France.
A family wine estate in Marçon in the Sarthe. Amandine and Xavier Fresneau, brother and sister, take care of the estate made up of 17 hectares of vines: 6.5 ha of Coteaux du Loir white, 7.5 ha of Coteaux du Loir red and rosé and 3 ha in the AOC Jasnières.
Made from the Pineau d’Aunis and Chenin grape varieties, the wines of Domaine Cézin are elegant and have a beautiful aromatic intensity.
AOC COTEAUX DU VENDÔMOIS
The AOC Coteaux du Vendômois is a very special and original wine from the Loire. It can be produced in three colours, red, white and… grey! The soil is made up of tuffeau decomposed into clays with flint on the sloping hillsides. The red wines are blended wines based on dominant Pineau d’Aunis supplemented by a contribution of Gamay or Pinot Noir. Cabernet-franc can also be used for wines for laying down. The white wines are mainly made from chenin and chardonnay. The wines of Coteaux du Vendômois gris are made exclusively from Pineau d’Aunis.
Cave de la BERTHELOTIÈRE. Caves JUMERT.
Created in 1800, this vineyard and its freestone cellar have been managed from father to son for seven generations. Today it is Charles Jumert, installed in 1984, and his son Florent who lead “as naturally as possible without claiming organic” this farm spread over 13 ha.
Their many cuvées mainly made from Chenin and Pineau d’Aunis, a typical local grape variety with aromas of strawberry and white pepper.
From dry to mellow via sparkling, all palates will find what they are looking for. You can also let yourself be surprised by a few rarities such as a Meslier-Saint-François cuvée, an extremely rare grape variety.