Guide to the Loire regions


Grower Profiles

Étienne Vandewalle
Étienne Vandewalle is of Flemish stock, his grandfather arrived in the region after the war and set up as a agriculteur-élévateur, although Étienne himself is a dedicated first generation vigneron. Based in Chéry, he took over the vines of retiring André Barbier in July 2006 as well as buying Barbier’s share in the Chai de Reuilly. The 3.6 hectares of vineyards, which are also situated in the commune of Chéry, were planted in the early 1990s and split between 1.83ha of Sauvignon, 1.00ha of Pinot Noir and 0.77ha of Pinot Gris.   

There is a single wine produced for each variety with just one mis, although to date Vandewalle has also sold wine to the Sancerre négoce. These are relatively simple and straightforward wines devoid of any real personality or character. The red is raised in oak for one or two months, but sufficient enough to make its influence known, whilst the Sauvignon, in 2009 at least, was restrained if a little one dimensional.

Étienne Vandewalle
2 Chemin de Lavoir
T: + 33 2 48 51 36 93
P: + 33 6 10 49 40 02
F: + 33 2 48 51 74 71


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