In 1996, Domaine Courtault-Tardieux cleared a long-abandoned, southwest-facing parcel overlooking the Cher River. They planted the vines in 2003, which fell under the newly classified AOC of Touraine. This parcel of Sauvignon Blanc makes a fine, mineral-laden white wine. Domaine Courtault-Tardieux's vines have been certified organic since 1998. Grapes are hand harvested and vinified with native yeasts, with no added sugar and only a small amount of sulfites used.
Marnocalcaire (layers of hard and soft clay-limestone)
Vines planted in2003
Vineyard size0.4 ha
Fruit is direct-pressed and spontaneously fermented with native yeasts
ElevageIn stainless steel tanks on fine lees.
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Fining/FilteringFined with bentonite (white clay) / Tangential filtration
Total production average2,500 bottles