to the Loire regions
du Chant d’Oiseaux
Young Édouard Montigny joined Jacky Leroux, the cousin of
his mother, in 2006. It was Leroux’s last vintage before retiring as a vigneron,
although evidence of his continued activity is still here in the bottles
of apple juice and tins of asparagus that line the tasting room shelves.
He works a total of eleven hectares here, of which eight
are rented, mainly from retired growers, with the vines scattered across
four communes. The greatest concentration is of Cabernet Franc which
account for 4.5ha alone, making him one of the most important producers in
the Orléans-Cléry appellation. In addition, there is 2.5ha of Pinot
Meunier and 80 ares of Pinot Noir for Orléans red and rosé, and 1.5ha of
Chardonnay for white. All the grapes are harvested by machine.
The wines are made in a fairly conventional cellar just
across the yard from the house. Fermentation and ageing take place in
tank, although the Orléans-Cléry is raised in seven 50 old foudres,
which for me only serves to dry the wine out.
The Wines :
The Orléans red and rosé (made using both préssurage
direct and the saignée
method) are primarily 80% to 95% Pinot Meunier, depending on the vintage.
In addition to the AC wines, there is a heady Sauvignon Gris which is
bottled as Vin de Pays. The wines here are fairly pedestrian at present as
the young Montigny needs to find his feet.
Vignoble du Chant d’Oiseaux
321 Route des Muids
T : + 33 2 38 45 60 31
F : + 33 2 38 45 62 35