We produce three great wines based on the three different soil types at Domaine de Noiré.
Sandy-clay soil: (part of a Miocene period sandy stretch on the south-facing Chinon plateau.) this area, covered with flints, retains heat during the daytime. The soil gives a fruity wine, which we encourage.
Gravelly soil where the vines are planted on gravel with a clay content below 15%, except for the sub-soil, which roots can easily reach, so limiting any water stress.
These are both mature soils that drain easily and where the vines must be precisely handled.
The other soil – limestone – the famous Loire tuffeau – is a porous stone that suits vines perfectly.
This has huge potential, and the vines thrive in it. When the yield is carefully controlled the grapes have a very full flavour.
Our mission statement:
Over the years the Domaine de Noiré has developed the cellar as well as the vineyard to produce wines with individual personalities. We began with working the soil; establishing ground cover between the vines to boost micro-organisms; limiting growth to produce quality grapes. Leaf removal, AB and biodynamic cultivation, manual harvesting, limited yields (40 hl/ha) are all part of the efforts to optimise quality.
An efficient vat-room with temperature control and a homogenisation system allows us to work in ideal conditions. Everything is done to achieve “traditional wines” appreciated by so many customers.