Jean-Christophe was a sommelier before deciding to pack it in and actually make the stuff. He studied wine making in the Loire and after a stage with Marc Angeli, he bought a few plots of vines and started making his own wine. He has some 60 year old and 40 year old Chenin vines and a bit of Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, Gamay and Pinot d’Aunis. The vines grow on schist, limestone and marl – the distinctive terrain of the Layon valley. It is not just the vineyards that make JCG’s wines so special; his Chenins spend over 24 hours pressing softly so as to extract the juice gently – there can be a delicate oxidative quality that adds to the complexity of these wines.
Producer: Jean-Christophe Garnier
Region: Layon - Loire
Size of vineyard: 8 hectares
Soil: Schist, limestone and marl