DOMAINE DES ECHARDIÈRES
LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
The Domaine des Echardières is located on the left bank of the River Cher, not far from Château de Chenonceau. The estate extends over 16 hectares all within the Touraine controlled designation of origin (AOC). Two-thirds of the vineyard is planted with Sauvignon Blanc and the rest with red grape varieties (Gamay, Cabernet and Côt).
Alongside its fresh and aromatic Touraine wines, available in three colours, the estate produces two cuvée wines in the Touraine Chenonceaux appellation. Wines with smaller yields and longer ageing processes are produced from the very best “Première Côte” plots with flint-rich soil: a silky and elegant red (La Long Bec rouge - blend of Côt and Cabernet) and a complex white (La Long Bec blanc - 100% Sauvignon). Luc Poullain has been President of this new appellation since 2013.
Mindful of the need to protect the environment, the Estate has developed an integrated approach (planting grass between the vines, crushing vine shoots, banning toxic products and systematic treatments, applying the hygiene directive in the cellar and traceability). The wines are produced and aged on the property, by combining cutting-edge techniques (temperature regulation, stainless steel vats, filtration and bottling involving inert gas) and traditional wine-making methods.