Benoit Courault works with 5ha of very old vines (100yrs+ for his some) in Faye d’Anjou which sits on the Layon, tributory south of the Loire Valley, near Beaulieu, gazing at the country/urban calm of the town of Angers. His vines are superbly sited, basking on the sun warmed rolling hills above the grazing lands below. His vision is to create a self-sustainable, autonomous farm, with goats, sheep, fruit and vegetables.
Winemaking is very precise here, but it comes after an almost maniacal quest to attain vineyard perfection. Benoit spends most of his time in the vines, reinvigourating his land with the help of his fine horse, Norway. No less than 4 years after acquiring a small 1ha enclosed Abbey vineyard of old Chenin Blanc vines, he is only just becoming satisfied with the soils and resulting harvest, so continues to work on revitalising the land to permit natural wine production. We will be thrilled to try the results once this beautiful vineyard meets his standards!