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Guillaume arrived at the domain in 1995. The soils had not been worked for over 30 years and the vines were complicated to maintain. He immediately turned to agriculture and the vineyards...Lire plus Learn more
Guillaume arrived at the domain in 1995. The soils had not been worked for over 30 years and the vines were complicated to maintain. He immediately turned to organic farming and biodynamics, which he sees as "good farming sense". After years of effort and careful attention to the needs of the terroir, the yields are now regular and the soil is very healthy.
The "Domaine de la Tête Rouge" is located on one of the best clay-limestone soils of Saumur. Guillaume Reynourad took over the management of the estate in 1995 and decided to orientate the work of the vineyard by following the practices of integrated agriculture. He then adopted the principles of organic agriculture and obtained an eco-certification in 1998. Biodynamics is above all a "good farming sense", which takes into account the astral influences and the rhythms of nature. If it often seems young to the general public, it is important to know that its fundamental principles were defined in 1924 by the philosopher Rudolf Steiner.
In order to bring the Domaine to its current level, Guillaume Reynouar did not skimp on his efforts. When he took over the vineyard, the soils had not been worked for more than 30 years and were therefore very hard. The vines were not very easy to work either, since they could not bear the cutting of the superficial roots at the beginning. Today the yields of the vineyard are regular on a soil in great shape thanks to Guillaume's work. But they remain limited because Guillaume insists on making a very "elitist" selection of grapes in order to obtain high quality wines.
He decided to naturally grass the rows between the vines, taking care to mow only once before the harvest to allow the species to develop. Indeed, the presence of numerous species of plants and insects is very important to preserve the balance of the terroir. For him it is necessary to leave the time to the vine to bloom on the soil by respecting the soil and its inhabitants. Ploughing of the soil, disbudding, splitting of the vines and manual harvesting are all necessary to obtain high quality wines.
Recently, Guillaume gave a new lease of life to his estate by planting 30 hectares of Pineau d'Auris, a forgotten and denigrated grape variety - wrongly for him - in the Saumur region.
The estate is certified EcoCert, Biodyvin and is part of the Renaissance group of Appellations.
"My philosophy is resolutely against the trend of productivist and standardised oenology. My wines are, above all, the expression and reflection of my terroirs."