Théo is the fourth-generation Saumur winemaker of the family and is slowly taking vines over from his father. Théo is a winemaker and not a vine farmer like his father. He is gradually taking the reins of key parcels from the 16-hectare family Domaine to make his own labeled cuvees.
With a deep respect for the land, Théo started the organic conversion two years ago on the plots from which he is making his wines. Everything is picked by hand. His 100% Chenin cuvee, La Peyanne, is his flagship wine and a lieu-dit in the commune de Courchamps. Only 3500 bottles were produced in 2022. Théo also decided to make a 100% Cabernet Franc cuvee called Le Corbin situated in the commune of Ulmes. Only 1500 bottles were produced in 2022.
Today, La Peyanne and Le Corbin represent a total of 1 hectare of production, while the rest of the grapes continue to be sent to the local cooperative with whom his father has been working for years. The idea is to expand the production area for Théo's own Domaine label in the coming years. He states his challenge is re-establishing wine production across the estate to showcase a heritage of several generations. With only a couple of vintages under his belt, he is already making noise in the Valley as a young, dynamic grower with big projects in mind. One to closely watch in the coming years!