Guide to the Loire regions

Reuilly

Grower Profiles

François Charpentier
François Charpentier comes from a farming family, although his father planted a few rows of vines in 1950 in order to make wine for home consumption. The wines are produced on the farm, a 300 hectare estate situated on the road to Saint-Pierre-de-Jards. Since starting on the farm in 1970, François has built up his vineyard holdings to ten hectares in preparation for his son, Géraud, who joined his father in 2008 after studying agronomy in Tours and Bordeaux and spending a year in Australia, which included working the 2008 harvest at Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River.

The vines are all situated in the commune of Reuilly, split between the lieux-dits of ‘Sablon’, ‘Les Ferrières’ and ‘Les Châtillons’. Their five hectares of Sauvignon, 3.5ha of Pinot Noir and 1.5ha of Pinot Gris are all fermented and raised in fibre-glass tanks, with one wine being produced for each variety. The 2009s, all tasted in bottle at the farm in May 2010, followed a similar style; light, delicate and very fresh with the Pinot Noir being particularly commendable. These are certainly worth seeking out.

François Charpentier
Domaine du Bourrdonnat
12 rue Jean Jaurès
Reuilly
T: + 33 2 54 49 28 74
F: + 33 2 54 49 29 91
Francoischarpentier4@wanadoo.fr

 

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