By Francesca Hansen
Tucked away in Thésée, just east of the city of Tours, Simon and Alain have been making stunning, honest, organically-farmed Touraine wines since they joined forces in 2009. Touraine may often be overlooked in the middle Loire, but if only everyone made wine as meticulously as Simon and Alain, Touraine would quickly overtake some of its better-known neighbors.
All of their 16 hectares are farmed organically, everything is hand harvested, and all the wines are produced on site using native yeasts and natural processes. As Rosé season kicks into gear, we always make room for their old-vine Pineau d’Aunis rosé (55 year-old vines pictured below). The Sauvignon Blanc cuvées (Les Parcs and Les Sagères) are hallmark Loire Sauvignon Blancs, and the Red “Tradition” is a perfect weeknight red, which - surprise - ages stupendously.