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Settled at St Aubin de Luigné, in the heart of the Layon angevin (Angers area), Adrien de Mello at first travelled around the world ! Quebec (where he learned vinification), South Africa, U.S… he then went back to France where he worked 4 years in the Rhône Valley in a vineyard following biodynamic principles. Adrien though wished to go home to his birthplace and got the opportunity in 2015 to both settle in the magnificent cuverie of Château de la Genaiserie and take over the vines (3,5 ha) thank to Thomas Carsin who offered that organic cultivated plot to him.
Start was tough due to hail event in december 2015 then frost in 2016. Thankfully, solidarity was there during harvest. In order to maximise a biodynamic practice, Philippe Delesvaux who became close to Adrien, sold him some grapes to allow him to almost reach the quantities required for a good financial balance of his vineyard. 80% of the grapes were missing, so it was close !...
Thank to careful biodynamic practice, limited use of sulphite and the use of a horse in the vines on top of a stated determination to offer authentic wines with character, the young winegrower of the Genaiserie gained a solid practice and happily confesses to prefer the vinification of red wine rather than white. He admits he still has a lot to discover about the wines of his region especially about white wines.
Adrien de Mello is one of the newer generation recently settled in Anjou but does have long and rich experience of winemaking in many domaines. The Val de Loire region can be proud to welcome such skills to bring novelty to well settled domaines and contribute to raise those still unknown Anjou wines.