Domaine de la Garrelière

Francois and Pascaline Plouzeau maintain an immaculate vineyard near the fascinating village of Richelieu which lies south of Tours quite close to the Chinon region. Here they implement strict biodynamic vineyard practices which are certified by Ecocert.

A feature of their lovely wines is the wonderful set of labels produced by local artists that reflect the naming of the wine. So the racy Cendrillon white, as the name suggests, has a Cinderella theme. Tasmanians will note a Samek-like whimsy in some of the paintings.

Their wines have been very well-received in the United States with the Washington Post raving about the straight Sauvignon Blanc and Parker rating the Cendrillon highly in edition 172 of the Wine Advocate.

Domaine de la Garrelière Touraine Cendrillon 2014

It is wonderful to have this lovely wine in Australia again!

It is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Just 30% of the Sauvignon Blanc spent some time in old oak barrels to provide additional complexity.

This is a fascinating wine for us. The first couple of sips mark it as an interesting wine but, gradually, it opens up in the glass to reveal a complexity that belies its price.

These two grapes seems to dance together to form an harmonious, elegant and appealing drink.

RRP: $36

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Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin

Domaine de la Garrelière Vin de France Gamay Sans Tra La La 2015

This was one of the wines that first made us sit up and take notice of the natural wine movement that was sweeping through the Loire and Beaujolais and on into the rest of France.

It is made from 100% Gamay and is fermented naturally without the 'help' of commercial yeasts.

It is fresh, lively, full of flavour and, above all, delicious. Good for drinking anytime, anywhere.

The joyous label captures the essence of this wine. The French would call this a 'gouleyant' wine, meaning that it is gluggable or smashable.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin

Domaine de la Garrelière Touraine Le Blanc 2015

This entry-level wine from the Touraine appellation is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. This grape variety is very popular at the eastern end of the Loire running from Sancerre through to Touraine where it thrive on the rolling plains below the interesting city of Tours.

The Sauvignon Blanc provides the characteristic aromas and taste profiles that you expect from wines made from this grape in the Loire Valley.

 This vintage is particularly delicious with clean, fresh, vibrant flavours and a long finish.

We think that the Le Blanc represents excellent value for money - and it is biodynamic and fermented naturally thus providing additional complexity.

RRP: $29

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin

domaine de la Garrelière Touraine Le Rosé de la Cabane 2015

This year we have ordered some of the rosé from Garreliere because, when we tasted it in February at the Montpellier trade show it was just so lively and interesting. In 2015 the wine is made from 50% Gamay and 50% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc was directly pressed whereas the Gamay was the result of the  saignée process. Saignée is a process whereby the grapes are pressed and then left with their skins as if to make a red wine. Usually with red wine production the juice is left with the skins for a period ranging from just a few days up to a few weeks. To make a saignée rosé, some of the juice is taken out of the tank after a couple of days of skin contact and then the rest of the juice remains to make a red wine. In the case of the Gamay the juice was taken out of a stainless steel tank.

This is a bright, fresh, fruity and deeply-flavoured light pink rosé that is perfect as an aperitif. Only a tiny amount of sulphite was added at bottling.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin

Domaine de la Garrelière Touraine Le Rouge 2012

This entry-level wine from the Touraine appellation is made from 100% Cabernet Franc.

The Touraine Le Rouge des Cornus from Pascale and Francois Plouzeau is a biodynamic wine that shows why people in the Loire drink Cabernet Franc.

The wine is smooth and elegant, has a beautiful perfume and is very low in sulphur.

We are very happy with this vintage. It represents exceptional value for money.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin

Domaine de la Garrelière Touraine Le Chenin de la Colline 2015

This lovely wine from the Touraine appellation is made from 100% Chenin Blanc, a grape which reaches its highest expression in the Loire Valley.

On the Plouzeau estate, the clay and limestone soils seem to coax even more flavour from the 20 year old vines of Chenin to produce elegant wines with great flavour. The slopes on which the vines thrive face south west.

We think that the Le Chenin represents excellent value for money - and it is biodynamic and is made naturally. It is rare to be able to access a well-made Chenin Blanc from the Loire made with such dedication for a price like this!

We also like the new label with its gentle nod to the biodynamic winemaking approach that Francois is so passionate about. The label depicts a winemaker saluting the moon which has so much influence on the vineyard.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin

Domaine de la Garrelière Touraine Marquis de C Blanc

The Marquis de C is a delicate, elegant and very satisfying wine. There is some residual sweetness here making it a perfect aperitif or a wine to pair with savoury-style desserts.

This wine is also made from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc but here the Chenin dominates. This is a perfect example of why people in the Loire Valley are so entranced by the long-lasting Chenin Blanc grape!

RRP: $37 for 2009 and $43 for 2003

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin

Domaine de la Garrelière Touraine Cuvee Cinabre Rouge 2007

This flavoursome red is made from a small plot of biodynamically-tended Cabernet Franc vines that are more than 25 years old. The wine is smooth and elegant and weighs in at 12.5% alcohol. Only minimal sulphur has been used.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin