After several different careers – in particular that of mechanic and motorcycle designer –, Frédéric Gounan opted for viticulture and a return to nature in his native village, Saint-Sandoux, in Puy-de-Dôme, the “Païs de Doumatz”, where he recovered an old family vineyard planted with Gamay, all the while training with Emmanuel Giboulot in Burgundy (1999).
He established his Domaine de L'Arbre Blanc with the planting in 2000 of a plot of Pinot noir (1.10 hectares on basalt soils) then, after giving up his old Gamays in 2010, planting on the lieu-dit Les Fesses a vineyard of white grapes (0.5 hectares on clay-limestone soil with basalt pebbles): half Sauvignon, half Pinot gris. These vines are trained “en lyre” with the aim of increasing the leaf area and therefore optimizing photosynthesis and ripeness, and the cultivation practices are organic and biodynamic to promote soil life. At the end of fermentation, the wines are aged for a long time (about 2 years in barrels, replaced from 2019 by jarres). Thus are born a white cuvée and two red cuvées which hold a very special place in a region mainly devoted to Gamay.
L'Arbre Blanc - Frédéric Gounan wines
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