Guide to the Loire regions


Grower Profiles

Jean Chérillat                                     

Domaine des Matelots
There are two branches of the Chérillat family in Saulcet. On one side there is Philippe the coopérateur and owner of Domaine de Chinière, which is marketed separately by the Cave des Vignerons. Then there is Jean and his brother Claude, who remain independent producers, although now in their 80s, it is Jean’s sons, Claude and Vincent who run the domaine from their rustic looking cellar on the road to Bransat.

Claude and Vincent represent the fifth generation and work 12.5 hectares of vineyards, split between the communes of Saulcet, La Roche (the hamlet above Bransat) and Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais. As for the wines, there is a choice of one white, made up of a fairly classic blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Tressallier which is clean and mineral but lacks flesh, a rather thin rosé and a light paysan red, made from 75% Gamay.

Claude et Vincent Chérillat
Domaine des Matelots
Les Matelots
T/F : + 33 4 70 45 44 59


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