Alain Courtault and Simon Tardieux
As a teenager, Simon Tardieux began working in the vines of Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet at Clos Roche Blanche. After university and a short stint as a social worker, he decided to return to Thésée and work outside in the vines. Only problem is that he didn’t have any vineyards. So he teamed up with his neighbor Alain Courtault, who was already in the process of converting to organic viticulture. Together, they make a range or simple, eminently drinkable wines.
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50% Gamay, 50% Côt (total 1 hectare). Average vine age: 35-40 years. 30% White clay-slate soils, 70% clay-limestone soils. Natural fermentation, 6 months aging in fiberglass tanks. Production: 3,500 bottles/year.
Touraine Pineau d'Aunis Rosé
100% Pineau d'Aunis for a spicy, savory, refreshing rosé. Made from two parcels on clay-limestone soils: one with young vines (3 years old), another with 50 year-old vines. Direct pressing, vinified in stainless vats until March, then bottled. Production: 2,500 bottles/year.
100% Cabernet Franc in it's most refreshing, gluggable form. Grown on 2 hectares of 30% White clay-slate soils, 70% clay-limestone soils. Production: 5,000 bottles/year.
Sauvignon Les Sagères
100% Sauvignon Blanc -- the crisp white wine the Loire Valley is known for. Grown from vines ranging from 5-30 years old on 2 hectares of white clay-slate soil. Production 5,000 bottles/year.