Renaud Guettier is a farmer who started the La Grapperie winery in 2004 with very little previous winemaking experience. Today, he works a bit more than 4-hectares of vines where everything is farmed according to organic principles and harvested by hand. Renaud was the first in the Coteaux de Loir AOC to plow his vineyards with a horse—where he spends countless meticulous hours. His vines are spread over 15 tiny plots that sustain a diversity of microclimates along the left bank of the Loire River. These plots enable Renaud to create a spectacular balance with his wines. The majority of his vines are Pineau d’Aunis, however, he also grows some Malbec (Côt), Gamay, Grolleau, and Chenin Blanc. Renaud’s wines are some of the most impressive and powerful wines being crafted in the Loire.
Age of vines: a mix of young and old vines
Pruning Method: Gobelet
Soil: Clay and silex
Varieties: Chenin Blanc
Vinification notes: Grapes are manually harvested and destemmed. The wine is fermented and aged in 228 liter barrels for about 1 year. The wine is not racked and there is no battonage. Zero added sulfur.