Véronique and Dominique Barbou are the current proprietors of this delightful Loire domaine which has been in their family since 1923, exactly 100 years! Dominique’s great-grandfather started with a single trellis of Sauvignon Blanc, and today the estate covers 28 hectares (9 of red and 19 of white) in one of the finest terroirs of Touraine, Oisly. The couple grow a range of Loire grape varieties, Pinot noir, Gamay noir, Malbec (aka Cot), Cabernet franc, Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay, with the average age of the vines being more than 40 years. Dominique tends the farm on the principles of biodynamic farming, using no chemicals and little other intervention, except to limit yields. In 2017 the Guide Bettane et Desseauve suggested a statue should be erected to Dominique Barbou as “one of the most talented vignerons of the Loire”! Their reasoning: “The limited yields and Dominique’s assiduos work in the vineyards produce increasingly precise wines which have an excellent price/quality ratio”. While the Revue du Vin de France recommends that the domaine’s “Fabel” and “Justine” cuvées, from 40-55 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines, are elegant and age-worthy, and not to be missed.
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