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The "Domaine de la Tête Rouge" is located on one of the best clay-limestone terroirs in Saumur. Guillaume Reynourad took over the estate in 1995 and decided to direct the work of the vine by following the practices of sustainable agriculture. He then adopted the principles of organic farming and obtained an eco-certification in 1998. Biodynamics....Lire plus Learn more
The "Domaine de la Tête Rouge" is located on one of the best clay-limestone terroirs in Saumur. Guillaume Reynourad took over the estate in 1995 and decided to direct the work of the vine by following the practices of sustainable agriculture. He then adopted the principles of organic farming and obtained an eco-certification in 1998. Biodynamics is above all a "peasant common sense", which takes into account the astral influences and the rhythms of nature. Although it often appears young to the general public, it should be noted that its fundamental principles were defined in 1924 by the philosopher Rudolf Steiner.
To be able to lead the Domain to its level, Guillaume Reynouar did not skimp on the efforts. When he recovered the vineyard the soil had not been worked for more than 30 years and was therefore very hard. The vines were also not very easy to work, since they could not stand the cutting of the superficial roots at first. 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 wants to make a very "elitist" selection of grapes in order to obtain wines of great quality.
He opted for a natural grassing of the inter-row rows, taking care to do only one mowing before the harvest to allow the species to develop. Indeed, the presence of many plant and insect species is very important to preserve the balance of the terroir. For him, it is necessary to give the vine time to flourish on the terroir while respecting the soil and its inhabitants. Ploughing the soil, disbudding, de-duplication and manual harvesting are required 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."