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The Chateau de Berrye could belong to a fairy tale story. It is situated in the Middle Loire, where grapes have been cultivated for nearly 1,200 years. In that time the land and its people have seen much history and many days of trouble. To protect what was theirs, the people of Saumur learned to be warriors as well as vintners. The Chateau de Berrye is evidence of this. It is a fortress that dates back to Roman times. Then, as now, it sits on top of a steep, easily defended hill, protected by wall and moat.

As a home and as a stronghold, the chateau has stood the test of time, majestic and powerful, with the dignity of age and purpose.

These are qualities shared by the establishment’s Seigneur, a man who is no longer young but one whose strength of character comes from the soil. He is joined in his endeavors by a younger woman, who voice and whose poise remind one of an opera singer of distinction.

Meet Jacques and Anne Pareuil, father and daughter, a team as unique as the wine they produce. They have kept only 15 acres of Chenin. For them and, more importantly, for their customers, small is beautiful when this is said of a vineyard.. After a tasting of a 2002 Château de Berrye Saumur Sec Chenin Blanc, a professional penned the following review: “Pale gold with a lovely, powerful honeyed, floral nose. Intensely flavoured yet precise and well balanced with honeyed apricot and orange peel notes. Developed a nice barley flavour with time in the glass. Very, very long and superb value.” What more need be said.

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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.