history of the domain
A family estate for three generations, created in 1921 by Kléber Marionnet, is located in Soings in the Loir et Cher, in the easternmost part of Touraine, 30 km south of Blois.
The vineyard was replanted and enlarged between 1967 and 1978 by Henry Marionnet. It now covers 58 hectares, mainly composed of Gamay (2/3) and Sauvignon (1/3). These two grape varieties are the most adapted to this continental part of Touraine, supported by a terroir of flinty clay with more or less sand or gravel.
A unique domain
Le Domaine se distingue par de nombreuses particularités comme de réaliser des vins à partir de vignes uniques non greffées «franc de pieds», sur 5,5 hectares soit 10% du vignoble. En 1990, Henry Marionnet fut le premier vigneron en France à réaliser des vins sans sulfites, à partir de gamay qui donnera la cuvée «Première Vendange ».
We are also the only ones in France to produce a cuvée from a now extinct grape variety, the Gamay de Bouze, which is a Gamay with red juice and comes from Bouze-les-Beaune, a small village in Burgundy.
We are also fortunate to have the oldest vineyard in France, pre-phylloxera, as it was planted between 1820 and 1840, of a rare white grape variety, the Romorantin.
Finally, since 2015, we have been supervising the production of the Chateau de Chambord vineyard, where 14 hectares of vines, Pinot noir, Romorantin, Sauvignon and Orbois have been planted. The first vintage was 2018.