LOIRE VALLEY - ANJOU

LOIRE VALLEY - ANJOU

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JEAN-CHRISTOPHE GARNIER 

LES VIGNES DE BABASS 

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JEAN-CHRISTOPHE GARNIER 

MINIMAL INTERVENTION

2015 Vin de France "Bezigon" (Chenin Blanc) 
2015 Vin de France "La Roche" (Chenin Blanc) 
2013 Vin de France "La Roche Bezigon" (Chenin Blanc) 
2017 Vin de France "Les Clavieres" (Gamay, Pineau d’Aunis) 

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While working as a sommelier for upscale restaurants, Jean-Christophe Garnier discovered a contingent of underground, off-the-beaten track vignerons, whose intriguing libations inspired him to pivot into natural winemaking himself.

After studying winemaking in Thouarcé, he then pursued a higher diploma in Montreuil-Bellay, and interned with Mark Angéli of Ferme de la Sansonnière and Pierre Parcé of Domaine de La Rectorie.

In 2002, he began his own domain, commencing with 2.3 hectares of 60-year-old Chenin Blanc vines rooted in schist soils. The vineyard is based in Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley, where Garnier farms organically and strives to make wines as naturally as possible. He also draws on biodynamic principles, as a way to respect and enhance the medley of schist, limestone and marl; carboniferous soil; and Brioverian shale that do his domain.

In the winery, he slowly hand-presses the grapes in a Calvados basket press for one, two, or sometimes three days to produce cider-esque and oxidative-style white wines and deeply hued reds with soft tannins. The spirit and originality of his wines are a reflection of his personality.

This region is somewhat of an epicentre for adventurous winemaking ideas, and is home to a supportive natural winemaker community.


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LES VIGNES DE BABASS   

MINIMAL INTERVENTION

2017 Vin de France "Groll n' Roll" (Grolleau)

 

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