In Loire in central France wine is produced from vineyards along the Loire river and its many tributaries, with majestic castles dotted in between. Loire has made its’ fame in particular from its white Sauvignon Blanc from the Upper Loire including Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, its Chenin Blanc from the Middle Loire including Anjou-Saumur, as well as its red Cabernet Franc’s from Bourgueil and Chinon among others.
It was in Chinon that French national hero, Joan of Arc, in 1429 at age just 17 took upon herself to liberate France from the English. French history and wine growing in Loire is
The first vine plantings came with the Romans. In the 9th to the 12th centuries, monastic life accelerated vineyard development and French royals’ love for wine accelerated further winemaking in the Loire during the European Renaissance in the 14th-17th centuries.
In winemaking Loire is known for its rich geological diversity with a wide range of different soil types and micro climate influencing both the grape varieties grown and the growers’ choices in wine making.
Climate varies considerably in Loire: Around Nantes to the West, the proximity to the Atlantic temper seasonal variations. More inland in Anjou winters are still mild but summers are warmer. Heading still further inland to Touraine in the East we approach a continental climate.
Loire wines are very food friendly. Younger styled Cabernet Franc with its dark fruits and restrained tannin is a perfect summer red when cooled to 12-14c. Age-worthy savoury Francs are also produced with high acidity and crunchy tannins providing shelf- life of 10-15 years – and these pair well with also savoury foods.
Chenin Blanc pairs well with scallops, sushi and spice. And a crisp mineral Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheese is perhaps the Loire's most famous pairing!
Domaine Thierry Cosme
The family activity was started in 1945 by the grandfather of Thierry COSME. In 1988, after finishing his studies in Champagne, Thierry took over the reins of the estate, which then represented 4.5 Ha of vines. He then knew how to develop the activity to exploit today a total surface of 20 Ha. In 2019, the fourth generation, his son Tanguy joined the farm. The estate is located at the edge of the Vouvray and Touraine appellation, which allows us to offer you a wide range of wines in AOC Vouvray and AOC Touraine. L’activité familiale fut démarrée en 1945 par le grand-père de Thierry COSME. En 1988, après avoir fini ses études en Champagne, Thierry reprend les rênes de l’exploitation qui représente alors 4,5 Ha de vignes. Il a ensuite su développer l’activité pour exploiter aujourd’hui une surface totale de 20 Ha. En 2019, la quatrième génération, son fils Tanguy rejoint l'exploitation. Le domaine est installé à la limite de l’appellation Vouvray et Touraine, ce qui nous permet de vous offrir une large gamme de vin en AOC Vouvray et en AOC Touraine.
Domaine de Brizé
The Domaine de Brizé is a family vineyard, founded in 1755, handed down from generation to generation. After their œnology studies, Luc Delhumeau and Line Delhumeau, brother and sister, took over the vineyard in 1989. The Domaine is located in the Loire Valley, 30 kilometers south of Angers, in the heart of the Layon hillsides terroirs. All our wines are produced in the sustainable method qualified Terra Vitis The Terra Vitis trademark is a guarantees for lovers of wine who feel that the respect for ecosystem is the only way to produce qualit grapes for healthy and authentic wines.
Tracy & Cie
Our historical production Château de Tracy represents one of the oldest winery in Pouilly-Fumé, in the center of Loire, since more than 600 years. In 2018, driven by the idea to enlarge our vision and our experience, we have decided to create a new project called Tracy & Cie that aims to share our strong attachment to a certain idea of the wine, following prerequisites such as : faithful identity wines, green agriculture, terroir driven approach, handcrafted & confidential production. Attracted since numerous year by the terroir of Menetou Salon, we've started to developed 3 new wines called Madame des Fontaynes "Les Marnes" , selected exclusively among some of very qualitative terroirs (Kimmeridgian marls, vineyard between 20 to 40 years old). Such terroirs are particularly adapted to express a maximum of finesse, accuracy and identity. In order to complete our ange, our Pouilly Fumé called Madame des Fontaynes "Argiles à Silex", is produced in some of the most old vines in Pouilly Fumé (between 50 to 70 years old): 50% Silex, for the mineral, the flower, the saltiness and 50% of limestone (Kimmeridgian) for the volume the flesh and the structure of the Sauvignon Blanc.
DOMAINE ADELE ROUZE
Adèle Rouzé founded her property in 2003 near the domaines of her parents. Following her studies in viticultural law, she finally returned to viticulture, vinification and marketing, her first passions. Supported by her brother Côme Rouzé in vineyard work and occasionally in the vinification process, she manages the bottling and marketing of her wines alone. With a focus on export, she is always seeking to acquaint new clients with Quincy beyond the boundaries of the hexagon. Very involved, Adèle is also a member of the administrative committee of the Quincy viticultural union. Adèle’s objective is to live her viticultural role and she therefore hopes to enlarge it in Quincy.
CHATEAU DE CHAINTRES
Le Château de Chaintres vous accueille... Patiné par le temps, au milieu des vignes, le Château de Chaintres est une gentilhommière de charme du XVIIème siècle, située au cœur de l'appellation Saumur Champigny. Le Domaine viticole s'étend sur une vingtaine d'hectares dont le fameux clos du Château d'une taille exceptionnelle et unique sur l'appellation (près de 18 hectares). Le mur fut bâtit en 1675 par les Pères Oratoriens de Notre Dame des Ardilliers qui choisirent ce lieu pour son terroir et son ensoleillement. Depuis 1938, la famille de Tigny perdure la tradition en vous proposant des vins raffinés, dont les Saumur Champigny. Elisabeth de Tigny Mourot, Directrice Générale, allie tradition et modernité pour proposer des vins de qualité. Les vignes, le terroir Après avoir été un des premiers domaines certifiés en Agriculture Raisonnée, nous nous sommes orientés vers l'Agriculture Biologique. Nos vins sont certifiés BIO par Écocert France depuis les millésimes 2013. Un renouveau Un grand nombre de changements importants au Domaine en 2018 ont d’ores et déjà eu un impact positif sur notre production : - Notre nouveau Maître de Chai, Jean-Philippe LOUIS, a rejoint l’équipe en 2017. La finesse dans la réalisation des vins dont a fait preuve Jean-Philippe dans la région de Sancerre, alliée à sa forte expérience en agriculture biodynamique, est un atout majeur pour le domaine. - Des analyses de sol de notre clos nous ont apportées une meilleure connaissance de nos terroirs et nous guident dans la conception de nos prochaines cuvées. Maturité, période de récolte et assemblages amélioreront la qualité dans le cadre d’un travail de vinification parcellaire. - Une meilleure connaissance des méthodes biologiques et de la biodynamie génère déjà des techniques améliorées dans les vignes et au chai.
Château Guipière is a vineyard located in Vallet, the heart of the Muscadet Region in France. The historical castle was constructed here in the early 18th century and the first vines were planted in 1842. La Guipière's 28Ha are based on the wholesome, filtering soil which is therefore ideally suited to the plantation of the vine. The neighborhood with the Atlantic Ocean gives to our wines remarkable salty notes. Our wines are characterized by a certain earliness, a great finesse, a beautiful minerality and will develop a good evolution. Château Guipière is certified HVE 3 (High Environmental Value). We preserve the biodiversity, a reasoned culture and we use the organic materials for the treatment.
Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly
The Bailly family have been winegrowers in the heart of the Pouilly-Sur-Loire vineyards for 6 générations. Since 2000, Patrice has been lovingly tending his 18 hectares of vines located on hillsides regarded as being among Pouilly-surLoire's very best,from which he produces a wine renowned for its many qualities, above all for the fruity aromas that make his Pouilly Fumé range so distinctive. They give a fruity, dry white wine tasting of gunflint, citrus fruits and white flowers, which goes particularly well with fish, shellfish, white meats and various cheeses.