Clos Roussely

Region: Touraine, Loire Valley, France
Farming: Organic and Biodynamic, certified
Hectares: 9
Soil Types: Clay/Limestone
Altitude: <100m
Annual Production: <75,000 bottles

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Vincent Roussely is the fourth generation of the family to make wines at this beautiful 8 hectare vineyard site in the heart of Chenonceaux on the Cher River. Since 2007 he has farmed his vineyards by hand and horse and as a result has seen the health of his vineyards and grapes improve immeasurably, which naturally has a direct influence on the wines he produces. Vincent’s wife, Emilie, and her horse Gibus are in charge of working the land. Planted mainly to Sauvignon Blanc, the soil is a mixture of clay and limestone with pockets of Silex where his oldest vineyards are situated, some of which are over 80 years old. In smaller parcels he also has some Cot, Pineau d’Aunis, Cabernet Franc and Gamay.

The Cellar is underground, dug into a tuffeau tunnel underneath the vines, and has been used for the vinification of wine for over 250 years. New stainless steel fermentation tanks – with a wonderful shape we have never seen before - have been put in place located in carved out recesses in the soft stone. Ferments are spontaneous and naturally very slow. Certain parcels are fermented and raised in 400 litre old oak barrels, depending on the vintage.

Vincent’s wines have a real sense of place and vitality, but also an extra dimension that makes them so appealing, both to savour and simply drink.