A unique cuvee worldwide
You may have heard about my Domain located in the Loire Valle, in the middle of the famous Castles, a few kilometers south of Blois and Chambord.
My father was himself a winemaker and I had to work with him during 12 years before being able to succeed him. Moreover, I have never attended a viticulture school at that time, because my parents were very traditional and were afraid I would come back with a new state of mind too modern!
It goes without saying that when I took over the Domain I changed everything but scrupulously respecting the great oenologist Emile Peynaud’s words:
‘Give me the most beautiful grapes in the world and I will make the best wine in the world.’
But I wanted to go further than that, dedicating my life to creating a wine that would solely and perfectly express the grape’s purity.
I first started working from a harvest picked by hand with a lot of care and attention, on a fermentation that would occur naturally in each grape (especially for the reds), to give bright fruity wines that wouldn’t be modified by the oak of the barrel nor by the use of stressful techniques.
Then, I started looking for absolute purity, through vinifications that wouldn’t use any oenologic products: like the sulfur.
This wine, risky to produce, gave me great joy, with its most complete expression, complexity, and explosive fruitness. An absolute wine of pleasure.
Following that I went even further, because after all these experiences, I wanted to know if the world’s vineyard that had been destroyed by phylloxerain the 19th century and reconstructed by grafting our French varieties on American vine stocks were producing today, better or poorer wines than in the 18th century before the catastophy happened.
Risking it all, because the phylloxera still exists, I took the decision in 1992 to plant shoots of non-grafted Gamay on a very clayey 1-hectare parcel.
It was impossible to notice that the wine produced from the first harvest, 4 years later, was of higher quality, more noble, and of superior class.
Since then, I planted 6 hectares in total, in different grape categories:
Sauvignon, Romorantin, Côt, Chenin, in addition to the Gamay of origin. However, it’s not about doing more than that as the phylloxera is still here.
All the wines issued from non-grafted vines are called ‘Vinifera’, because the parent strain of all the European varieties is called ‘Vitis Vinifera’.
And finally,materialised by Jean-Sebastien, the utlimate approach never realized by anyone beforeobtaining a vinified wine entirely naturally without any addition of sulfur or any other oenologic products, with Gamay grapes, coming from a non-grafted vine.
The result is spectacular ! It distinguishes itself from the ‘Premiere Vendange’, also elaborated without sulfur, by an incredible class, race, and elegance, that will also blossom further with a little age.
This wine is called « Renaissance » because it evokes the rebirth of a culture and of a disapeared product, as well as a time where wine, thanks to its purity, embellished women and rejoiced men !
Jean-Sebastien & Henry Marionnet – Domaine de la Charmoise- 41230 SOINGS – Tél +33 (0) 2 54 98 70 73