Producer wine
Chahut et Prodiges

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Loire Valley

PRODUCTION :

Grégory Leclerc

Before he was a winemaker, Grégory Leclerc was a historian by training, working stints in both marketing and wine journalism after graduating from his masters program. It was when he met a group of passionate natural winemakers in the Loire, however, that he knew he had found his calling. In 2007, Lelerc officially put his pen down and purchased 6.5 hectares and a cellar in Touraine.

The estate is located in Amboise, a waterfront town on the south side of the Loire Valley just down river from Vouvray. Lelerc cultivates Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon, Gamay, Côt (Malbec) and Grolleau. Planted to soils of mainly limestone and clay, the vines average 25 years in age, while the 60+ year old Grolleau vines are planted to flint and clay. Fruit is harvested by hand, farming is organic, and biodiversity is encouraged, including flora and fauna, as well as mustard seeds to increase the soil’s nitrogen levels. He shares his cellar with Anne Paillet, maker of the magnificent wines Autour de l’Anne. They aren’t just cellar partners, they’re partner-partners too, and treat the wines gently, not a lot of racking, no pumping, neither filtering nor fining.

CUVÉES
Wine

“Buzz”

Region: Loire
Grape: Pineau d’Aunis
Soil: clay, flint
Farming: organic
Harvest:
by hand
Winemaking: whole bunch fermentation in fiberglass with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in fiberglass
Fining: none
Filtration:
none
Added S02:
none

Wine

“la p’tite compet'”

Region: Loire
Grape: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Vineyard Size: 1.50 hectares
Soil: clay, flint
Average Age of Vines: 35 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in fiberglass tanks with indigenous yeasts
Aging: méthode ancestrale
Fining: none
Filtration: 
none
Added S02:
none

Wine

“Nid de guêpes”

Region: Loire
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Vineyard Size: 1.50 hectares
Soil: clay, flint
Average Age of Vines: 35 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel and barrels with indigenous yeats
Aging: méthode ancestrale
Fining: none
Filtration:
none
Added S02:
none

Wine

“Tête de gondole”

Region: Loire
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Vineyard Size: 1.50 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone, flint
Average Age of Vines: 
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in fiberglass tanks with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“black beat”

Region: Loire
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vineyard Size: 1.50 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone, flint
Average Age of Vines:
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: semi-carbonic maceration, spontaneous fermentation in fiberglass tanks with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in fiberglass tanks
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Les Têtes Noires”

Region: Loire
Grape: Côt
Vineyard Size: 1.50 hectares
Soil: clay, flint
Average Age of Vines: 20 years
Farming: organic
Harvest:
by hand
Winemaking: semi-carbonic maceration, spontaneous fermentation in fiberglass with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in fiberglass
Fining: none
Filtration:
none
Added S02:
none

Wine

“Coup de Canon”

Region: Loire
Grape: Grolleau
Vineyard Size: 1.50 hectares
Soil: clay, flint
Average Age of Vines: 65 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2-3 week maceration, spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 8-10 months in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration:
none
Added S02:
none

Wine

“La Mule”

Region: Loire
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 1.50 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 30 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2-3 week maceration, spontaneous fermentation in concrete with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 8-10 months in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration:
none
Added S02:
none

Wine

“Les Groslocaux”

Region: Loire
Grape: Gamay, Grolleau, Côt
Vineyard Size: 1.50 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone, flint
Average Age of Vines: 61 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2-3 week maceration, spontaneous fermentation in concrete with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none