« Travel broadens the mind ». Manuel Landron and Marion Pescheux stuck to that saying before settling down in december 2013 in the vineyard where they grew up : the Muscadet vineyard that witnessed their growing love and from where their newborn couple ventured far away. It all started during grape harvest on the famous Jo Landron’ s Domaine (Manuel’ s father). Still a student in history, Marion was there giving a hand and she met Manuel ! At the time, the young man was just about to leave to New Zealand, to Aotearoa. He went off and she stayed behind, losing interest in her studies. During one of their telephone conversations she decided to fly off and join him. Some twenty hours later Marion and Manuel were reunited at Central Otago. Not only she fell in love with the future winegrower but at the same time she fell in love with the job and spent some time in a New Zealand Domaine following biodynamic principles. They then went on to Chile to pursue their discovery, to learn alongside Louis-Antoine Luyt, before thinking of returning home. They first settled in the Touraine Region. Marion did a viticulture and oenology training course at Amboise while Manuel gained experience alongside Xavier Weisskopf for 2 years, then with Lise and Bertrand Jousset, nearby Montlouis. At the same time, the couple was elaborating their future plan (not mad !), Manuel was already taking care of 1 ha of vines on the family Domaine at Haye-Fouassière.
A successful full scale test. Proof that it was time to go ahead. Manuel turned to his father Jo who selected a group of plots for the duo; 4 different terroirs only 2 km around. Out of them the 2,5 hectares intended for the production of the « La Croix Moriceau » cuvée. These vines had to face up to a few grape predators (nasty worms !) at the beginning of Manuel and Marion ownership. The problem was solved by planting a hedge acting as a filter against these animals. Also the 7000 square metres of Mortier Gobin, planted in the seventies, on orthogneiss, sandstone and clay soil, and pampered to produce THE cuvée of the domaine. As for vinification, it takes place in the next door village, “Le Pallet”, where the couple set up the headquarters of the domaine Complemen’Terre, the winery and the family home. A few large underground vats and a beautiful assortment of air vats. Eventually ten or so fragmented wine varieties, (except for Nolem) without sulphite (of course), with incredible tonicity and beauty ! To their image.