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CHINON Jean-Max Manceau DOMAINE DE NOIRE

DOMAINE DE NOIRE

aoc /appellation: CHINON

Jean Marc Manceau is the epitome of a passionate man and his passion is for the Chinon AOC /Appelation.

Jean Marc was able in a few years to build his own domain in the Middle Loire and move from traditional farming to organic wine making. His first organic harvest was in 2014 The vineyard is based upon 50-year-old vines classified as a first Côte de Chinon.

The vineyards of the Chinon AOC cover the relatively steep banks of the Vienne as well as the less steep slopes running northward from the hills above Chinon to the Loire.

The vineyards consist almost entirely of erosional scree and gravels on top of rather hard limestone.

Jean Marc and his team have earned a great reputation among their peers. Though relative newcomers to viticulture, they have learned and learned well, marrying determination and a veritable thirst for knowledge to their passion for Chinon wine.;  Jean Marc’s traditionalist approach extends to such things as tours of his vineyard, pilgrimages made on in a horse-drawn carriage.

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Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) France and (AOP) Appellation d’Origine Protégée Europe system. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

We do not select wines based on them being organic, biodynamic, or sustainable, but many of the wines produced by our winemakres fall in to one or more of these categories. The US regulations for organic wines are different from the French regulations for organic wines. Therefore, the French organic wines can’t carry on the bottle the French organic logo. We will mentionned in our descriptif if the wine is labeled organic in France.