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Profiles – Coteaux du Vendômois
de la Fontaine
Stéphane and Luc Guellier are third generation cereal farmers in their
late thirties who have been growing grapes and making wines since 1990.
They work out of the pretty
on the Loir’s north bank, set in its own small valley against the plain of the
Beauce. Behind the house look like what used to be old terraces sat
against the hillside, but in reality all the vineyards here are above the
village on the wind swept plateau.
farm 6.5 hectares of vines, half of which are rented from old retired
growers, within the commune of Mazangé and neighbouring Le Gué-du-Loir.
As is usual, their rented Pineau d’Aunis vines are at least a century
old. Half of the production is dedicated to producing Vin de Pays, with a
focus on Sauvignon (0.80ha) and Chardonnay (0.50ha) with just 30% of their
production is committed to bottle, the rest is sold en
vrac and bag-in-box. Fermentation takes place in fibre glass and
cement tanks, with a single red bottling seeing a nominal time in wood.
Wine Overview :
focus of the brother’s is on their cereal production, however the wines
clearly have an important local following as only the current vintages are
available. These are technically correct wines, but devoid of any real
character or sense of place.
The Wines :
Coteaux du Vendômois Gris
Pale salmon pink appearance. Light
and easy on both nose and palate. There is a degree of ripeness and the
impression of some residual sugar. Well balanced and peppery to finish.
A three way
split between Cabernet Franc, Pineau d’Aunis and Pinot Noir. Light,
stalky and unripe on the nose. Some pepper on the palate. Light, fresh and
juicy with decent length. Drinking now, but undistinguished. (12/08)
2006 Coteaux du Vendômois Rouge
Domaine de la Fontaine
Stéphane, Luc and Catherine Guellier
7 Rue de la Fontaine
T: + 33 2 54 72 00 57
F: + 33 2 54 72 19 90
P: + 33 6 08 62 13 50