Family domaines from this classic region.
Long river, lots of vineyards, wide range of quality . . . so where to start? Much as we like some of the more obscure AOC’s (both red and white) the core of our business is working with good family domaines in the classic Loire regions.
Domaine Gadais is located in Saint-Fiacre, in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine appellation within the Loire Valley. After exploring California and South Africa and then running Sancerre’s celebrated Domaine Laporte for eight years, Christophe Gadais brought this estate, that dates back four generations, and purchased it well into the 21st century.
Gifted winemaker Pierre-Henri Gadais took over from his father in 2016 and uses organic principles and non-interventionist winemaking to draw out the unique character of the Domaine’s vineyards.
Vincent Leclair and his wife run their 45ha domaine which is located on the hillside of the river Cher. They are expanding their vineyard with more plantations in 2018 in Touraine Chenonceaux. The Domaine is now certified HVE3, which is the highest standard of the strict French environmental program ‘Haute Valeur Environnementale’.
Jean-Jacques Bardin runs Domaine les Chaumes, the family estate, with his daughter Gwendoline along the banks of the river Loire to the south of Paris. We list their Pouilly-Fumé, which is an excellent example of this French classic.
Located a few km northwest of Sancerre, in Sury-en-Vaux, brothers Matthias and Emile are the 4th generation to take on the winemaking know-how and heritage cultivated at Château de Maimbray. They are fully committed to an approach with complete respect for the environment in the vineyard and cellar, producing wines that are the most natural expression of the limestone-clay terroirs.
Generations of wine growers, passionate about their craft, have forged Pierre Prieur & Fils family’s history in the Sancerre wine region. With vineyards located in the most prestigious terroirs in the Sancerre area. As part of their pursuit of excellence, Domaine Pierre Prieur & Fils are committed to environmental conservation having received Level 3 HVE certification since 2014 and conversion to organic farming in 2020.