Chahut & Prodiges

Before becoming a winemaker, Grégory Leclerc got a Master’s degree in History, but didn’t see himself as the professor type. He tried a little journalism and marketing as well. But when he met the group of passionate natural winemakers in the Loire, he knew he had found his calling. Grégory bought 6.5 ha of vines in 2007 and started the Domaine Chahut & Prodiges. The vines are on the hills of Amboise in Touraine near the Loire Valley city of Blois. He cultivates Chenin, Sauvignon, Gamay, Côt (Malbec) and Grolleau.

Certification: Practicing organic.


Coup de Canon VdF: — Back to the top

Coup de Canon tech sheet

Age of Vines: 60 years old.

Soil: Clay & Flint.

Varietals: Grolleau.

Vinification Method: Carbonic maceration for 2 and 3 weeks with no racking or pumping. Aged for 8-10 months in tanks.

Tasting Note: Spicy berry fruit and a little forest floor.

Pairing: Charcuterie, andouillette, sausages.

From an old neglected and underrated grape called “Grolleau,” Grégory makes a subtle, purely delicious, thirst-quenching wine.


La Mule VdF: — Back to the top

La Mule tech sheet

Age of Vines: 25-30 years old.

Soil: Clay & limestone.

Varietals: Gamay.

Vinification Method: Carbonic maceration for 2 and 3 weeks with no racking or pumping. Aged for 8-10 months in tanks.

Tasting Note: Lovely medium-bodied Gamay that’s both delicate in texture with strawberries, black berries, and some sap from a tree. The finish is long and soft with a lightness that dances on the tongue.

Pairing: Purely delicious by itself. Grilled chicken, charcuterie, steak.


Pairing: Nid de Guepes — Back to the topguepes

Age of Vines: 35 years

Yields: 35 hl/ha

Total Production: 2000-1500 bottles

Soil: Clay and Limestone

Varietals: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chenin Blanc

Vinification Method: Grapes are harvested manually and a base wine is fermented. The wine then ages for 1 year in barrel and is then combined in the bottle with unfermented grape juice, which provides the yeast and sugar to finish the fermentation naturally in the bottle. No added sulfur, no fining or filtration.

 


Sauvigneron — Back to the topsauvigneron

Age of Vines: 35 years old

Yields: 35 hl/ha

Total Production: 5000-5500 bottles

Soil: Clay Limestone

Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc

Vinification Method: Manual harvest, Direct Press, wine is fermented in fiberglass tank with only indigenous yeasts. 2 grams of sulfur at bottling when necessary. Unfined and unfiltered.

 

 

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