In the northern part of Touraine, the Jasnières and Coteaux-du-Loir appellation areas are mainly dedicated to Chenin for the whites and Pineau d'Aunis for the reds. These discreet appellations owe their recent comeback only to a few winegrowers whose rigour highlights the character of the terroir: Renaud Guettier, and his fine heritage of old vines, is undoubtedly one of the flagship producers of the Loire Valley.
It was in 2004 that the young agricultural engineer Renaud Guettier made the choice to settle in the Loire Valley, on the border between Indre-et-Loire and Sarthe, in Bueil-en-Touraine, on his family-in-law's vines, to create La Grapperie and start viticulture. His vines, now spanning 6 hectares, are located in the Jasnières and Coteaux-du-Loir appellation areas – AOCs that were too lax in relation to his requirements, and which he ended up giving up to fall back on Vin de France – and they mainly include old, some very old vines (2 hectares of hundred-year-old vines) of Chenin and Pineau d'Aunis which he has restored and brought back to life. Guettier's working principles are based on healthy grapes from organic farming without chemicals, small yields, natural vinification, and long aging to lead the wines to stability and harmony. Both whites and reds are distinguished by their richness of fruit, their straightness and the energy of the minerality provided by the terroir.
La Grapperie - Renaud Guettier wines
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