The thing is, Philippe and Cécile are the 3rd generation of wingrowers who took over a vineyard that has been cultivated according to organic farming principles for almost 20 years. The 15 hectares are located in Chaintré as well as a few parcels in Vinzelles are operated by a dedicated couple who have adopted a non-interventionist attitude so that the wines will fully express their outstanding terroir. The chalky-clay and siliceous soils are either aerated through ploughing or grass-covered depending on the parcels. This encourages the development of microorganisms in the soils, which helps the vines to remain healthy and “free” according to Philippe. Small yields.
The grapes are tasted when still unpicked to assess maturity level. After delicate picking the grapes are put into small crates then poured into a pneumatic press. Juices are drained into stainless steel tanks by gravity flow with no addition of sulphur. The next step is most unconventional in the region: long maturing on fine lees up to 72 months. The Cuvée Monsieur Noly is a good example.The wines will not be released for sale until the winemaker considers they are 100% ready. The 7 cuvees are mostly based on Chardonnay and are a marvel of complexity, balance and precision. Each one of them has their own personality.