Guide to the Loire regions

Côtes du Forez

Grower Profiles

Stéphanie Guillot
The sole vigneronne of the Côtes du Forez, Stéphanie Guillot comes from an old family of growers in the village of Trelins, although her father and two uncles have traditionally delivered their crop to the co-operative. In 2005, having worked in the cellars of Robert Sérol in the Roannaise and at the cave co-operatives in Tulette and Vinsobres in the Rhône, she returned to develop her own domaine, renting six hectares of vines in the commune of Saint-Sixte, situated just to the north of Boën.

The vineyard is made up with Gamay of differing ages, the oldest of which was planted over a century ago and planted on a mixed gravel and basalt soil. In addition, there is also 0.6ha of young vine Chardonnay for Vin de Pays production. The wines are made in a rented cellar in the centre of Boën, although the wines are commercialised from an old logis alongside the busy Fleurs to Boën road, behind which she has planted half a hectare of Viognier. Everything, except for the young vine Gamay that is destined for rosé production, is harvested by hand, and a move to organic farming is being considered for the future.

There are four wines that carry the appellation Côtes du Forez, starting with a rather high toned (2008 vintage) Rosé that is made using a combination of pressurage direct and saignée. Of the three reds the Sainte-Anne is designed for early drinking, although the 2007 is a little rough around the edges, whilst the Sainte Anne – Le Coup de Cœur de Sainte-Anne Celedon comes from one specific parcel. The most successful, however, is the Opéra - Fleur de Vigne which is raised for 7 months in tank and fût and comes from the 100 year old-plus vineyard in Sainte-Sixte.

The two white Vin de Pays d’Urfé wines consist of a Chardonnay that are not without some fundamental winemaking faults (volatility and unfermented sugar in both the 2007 and 2008 vintages) and slightly pithy and phenolic Viognier - Plumes de Perdrix – Fleur de Vigne, from vines planted in 2003.  

Stéphanie Guillot
La Loge des Pères
Route Nationale 89
La Bouteresse
T: + 33 4 77 24 44 36
P: + 33 6 82 49 26 44


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