Producer wine
Les Jardins de la Martinière

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Anjou

PRODUCTION :

The former property of Xavier Caillard, the famed Anjou Chenin and Cabernet Franc producer has been brought back to life by a Japanese transplant, Kaya Tsutsui with some help from our old friend Hirotake Ooka. They are looking to continue Xavier’s tradition of long elevage, though it’s hard to come straight out with 15 year old wines, so they are releasing some younger and beginning the long aging process on newer wines. The property is stunning, with 3 hectares of vibrant vineyards around an ancient house with deep tuffeau caves.

Featured image copyright Sam Harris 2022
CUVÉES
Wine

“Syu Awa” Sparkling

Region: Anjou
Grape:
Cabernet Franc
Vineyard: south-east facing slopes
Soil: tuffeau, pink and red sandstone pockets, clay
Average Age of Vines: 20 years
Farming: sustainable, Fukuoka inspired
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole bunches, two weeks carbonic maceration, fermentation begins in stainless steel, bottled November 2018.
Aging: in bottle, undisgorged
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Shi Ro”

Region: Anjou
Grape:
Chenin Blanc
Vineyard: south-east facing slopes
Soil: tuffeau, pink and red sandstone pockets, clay
Average Age of Vines: 20 years
Farming: sustainable, Fukuoka inspired
Harvest: by hand in two passes
Winemaking: direct press, fermentation in barriques
Aging: assembled and aged 1 year in fiberglass vats, bottled September 2021
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Ko Ki”

Region: Anjou
Grape:
Cabernet Franc
Vineyard: south-east facing slopes, old vine parcel
Soil: tuffeau, pink and red sandstone pockets, clay
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: sustainable, Fukuoka inspired
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, 10 days carbonic maceration, one week of punchdowns, fermentation in fiberglass vats
Aging: 2 years in fiberglass vats, bottled September 2020
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Akane no Oka”

Region: Anjou
Grape:
Cabernet Franc
Vineyard: south-east facing slopes
Soil: tuffeau, pink and red sandstone pockets, clay
Average Age of Vines: 20 years
Farming: sustainable, Fukuoka inspired
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: manually destemmed, 4 weeks maceration, fermentation in barrel
Aging: in barrels 1 year, assembled in stainless steel and aged 1 year, bottled September 2020
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none