Domaine des Grandes Esperances

In the very heart of the Touraine region, in the district of Mesland, you will find a Domaine quite unlike any other…

The Domaine des Grandes Espérances, currently in organic conversion, has adhered to the Terra Vitis scheme, pioneer of sustainable viticulture in France, for nearly ten years. But even if the Domaine holds environmental concerns dear to its heart, drinking enjoyment comes a close second. Its wines are generous, full of fun, charm and promise… That’s right, it is all about “grandes espérances” (great expectations)…

The Domaine des Grandes Espérances’ great richness is certainly the mix of grape varieties it grows.

With around 8 different varieties planted over 24 hectares, the Domaine boasts an excellent stock of raw materials from which it can create and continually adapt its wines according to the vintages. The soils where the red varieties (Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Gamay, Pinot Noir…) grow are mostly composed of sand and gravel, producing full, generous wines. The white varieties (Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay…) benefit from more siliceous soil, resulting in delicious, pure and mineral wines.

The continental climate with its oceanic influences is conducive to grape growing. The winters, very hard on occasion, can drag on through the season and late frosts are certainly the greatest threat to the Domaine. The adherence to the Terra Vitis scheme for close to 10 years has changed the viticultural practices considerably. Although short pruning, de-budding and leaf stripping were already being practiced, the tilling of the soil, the grassing of some plots, green harvesting and the use of certified products are more recent practices which each day help to obtain a healthy, higher quality harvest. The Domaine maintains its momentum and is currently in organic conversion.

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