Vineyards & Viticulture
33 hectares of massal selection vines were planted between 1967 and 1978. Average yields are around 40-45 hL/ha. The domaine is located at the highest point between the Loire River to the north and the Cher River to the south, and enjoys a continental climate.
Perruches soils: flinty clay with small amounts of sand and gravel
Harvest & Vinification
Short pruning and green harvest are used to lower the yield. Manually harvested in 50 lb. crates after sorting in the vines. Cases are brought within the hour to the cellar, to avoid crushing and premature fermentation. The grapes undergo carbonic maceration in stainless steel tanks, then rest in stainless steel tank until bottling the spring of following year. This wine is made naturally: no addition of sulfur, yeasts, or chaptalization. It is vinified as the first winemakers may have done, many hundreds of years ago; thus the name Première Vendange (First Harvest).