The Vines

Geography & Terroir

Vineyard located in the Val de Sorne steephead valley (southern slopes of Montaigu) on sandy limestone and variegated Triassic marls of the Keuper.

Cultivation Techniques

Biodynamic vines inspected and certified by Demeter France since 2003: use of horn dung (500P), silica (501) and herbal tea treatments.
These techniques preserve the indigenous yeasts which contribute to the authenticity and purity of the wines.

Grape Variety

11 heritage grape varieties which were planted together in our grandfather Léandre’s time, before the advent of AOCs: Poulsard, Trousseau, Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Pinot Noir from the Jura, Gamay Noir, Gamay Blanc, Dyer Gamay, Petit Béclan, Enfariné, Argan, Gueuche.

Carte des vignes du Domaine Pignier
Bunches of the Enfariné variety
Bunches of the Enfariné variety

The Wine


Fermentation of all the grape varieties together for one month (one lunar cycle) with indigenous yeasts, without chaptalisation, nor any oenological additives.

Destemming, no pumping, ageing in “egg” vats with no added SO2 for 10 months.

No filtration, bottling by gravity without S02 following the lunar calendar, on a “fruit” day, sealed with natural fire-branded corks.

Characteristics of the Vintage

2018: superb and generous early harvest. The clayey marls retained humidity and freshness in the soils, whilst the hot and dry summer guaranteed beautiful ripe fruits.

Alcohol: 13%
Total SO2: 7mg/L
Harvested on 13/09/2018

Tasting Notes

Dark cherry red colour, complex aromas of red fruits, with some notes of undergrowth and smoke/toast.

Good structure in the mouth with a fruity and tannic evolution.

Average cellaring of 5 to 8 years.

Food & Wine pairing

To be enjoyed at 16°C with beef, red meats and cheeses.

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