Guide to the Loire regions

Côte Roannaise

Grower Profiles

André Thinon
Thinon and his wife, Lucette, live in a modest modern house on the wrong side of the D8. Whilst they own 1.62 hectares of vines, their main business is the raising of Charolais beef cattle. Modest and quietly spoken, Thinon established his vineyard in 1986 in preparation for the anticipated elevation of the regions wines to AC status. When the original boundaries were drawn up in the early 1990s, however, it excluded his parcel on the plain, and as a result he was obliged to replant elsewhere within Ambierle in order to gain the right to claim the appellation. For this reason, his vines date back only to 1994, so are still relatively young. The cellar is a converted farm building which contains an ancient basket press which is still very much in use, with wines fermented in a small array of concrete and fibre glass tanks. 

Despite the fact that he makes use of the full yield permitted by the appellation, his 2006 and 2007 vintages in bottle were pretty decent, but he will always remain a marginal grower within the region.

André Thinon
T/F: + 33 4 77 64 40 30

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