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Domaine des Souterrains


Nicolas Mazzesi’s domain -- the Domaine des Souterrains -- has been producing wine in the Middle Loire since 1820. The vineyard is a large 52 acres and is nestled in the Cher Valley. The domain was recently awarded with the “Terra Vitis” label for exemplary ecological management.The wines produced by the domain are typical of the Touraine appellation, with mono varietals such as Sauvignon and Gamay, as well as blends.The Domaine des Souterrains is now linked to the Château de Selles sur Cher offering a beautiful setup for wine tasting, outdoors weather permitting under a massive and majestic 18th century cedar tree.

The wines of the Domaine des Souterrains are greatly appreciated by the hundreds of American tourists visiting the Chateau de Selles sur Cher. The domain’s Sauvignon Blanc has been praised as having pineapple, passionfruit, apricot and some floral aromas with a fresh palate.

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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.