Domaine de la Garrelière

'My nose is my best guide' he says


Located near the small town of Richelieu, in the most Southern part of the AOC Touraine (as a matter of fact, the village is separated from the main AOC), lies Domaine de la Garrelière. The town was renowned in the 1600s (During Cardinal Richelieu’s heyday in the 1630s, the town did indeed supply his court with wine) but phylloxera wiped out production in the late 19th century.


The Plouzeau family acquired the estate in 1973 and replanted vines. Pascale and Francois took over in 1985 and fully converted the now 50 acres to biodynamic farming. They are certified AB.


Francois likes to pick ripe and often harvests (by hand) in October and has the lightest touch with Sulphur. His terroir is mostly clay and limestone terroirs mixed with sandy soils and rocks. Francois likes to pick ripe and often harvest in October and has the lightest touch with Sulphur. The unique labels produced by local artists that reflect the naming of the wine.

Domaine de la Garrelière Wines

About the region

Loire in Loire

Vineyards and châteaux

With its famous castles and close proximity to Paris, the Loire Valley is a very active wine region with over 55,000 hectares of vines. The valley stretches from the Massif Central (Auvergne) to southern Brittany, where the Loire river empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Long and wide, the valley can be divided into seven wine zones due to the very different climates and soil compositions. Grape varieties also vary by sub-region. The main varieties are Muscadet, Gros Plant, Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Across the board, wines produced in this vast region have freshness and finesse in common when well crafted.

The Loire Valley produces wines for all occasions: sparkling wines, light and fruity reds, rich red wines suitable for aging, dry and mineral whites and sweet and mellow dessert wines. There’s something for everyone, here.

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