Guide to the Loire regions


Grower Profiles


Philippe Portier
Philippe Portier’s family has been farming in the region for generations. As well as farming 200 hectares of cereals, his parents also kept goats for the production of chèvre. Although his grandfather made a little wine for the family table, it was Philippe who created the wine domaine, planting his first vines in 1990 and becoming one of the founders of the Cave Romane in Brinay three years later.

Today, he farms 18 hectares of vines in Quincy, making him the most important producer - with on average 150,000 bottles a year - in the appellation; a role that was consolidated by his appointment as the president of the local grower syndicate.

There are two different releases, with both wines being vinified at the Maison Blanche in Quincy. The ‘Tradition’ is the mainstay of the production and carries an illustration of the famous frescos discovered in the pretty church in Brinay. The limited release (around 2,000 bottles a year) of a barrel-aged Sauvignon called Jean-Maxime, is named in homage to his father and grandfather.

I have been tasting Portiers wines since the 2001 vintage and whilst the quality has been above average, they are competent rather than exciting.

Philippe Portier
La Brosse
T: + 33 2 48 51 04 47
F: + 33 2 48 51 00 96


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