Founded in 1640, Domaine de la Chevalerie celebrate their fourteenth generation as Stephanie (commercial) and Emmanuel (viticulture) Caslot step up alongside their father Pierre, thereby injecting a dose of pace to their otherwise traditionally-shaped wines. Indeed, they have been converting to organic viiticulture since 2003 and they are certified as such by ECOCERT from the 2009 harvest; they are also experimenting with biodynamics.
Located next door to Bourgueil in the village of Restigne, the Domaine comprises 33 hectares of Cabernet Franc (ex 1500ha for the appellation) lying on predominantly south-facing river terraces & slopes made up (in ascending order) of aeolian/wind blown sand, gravels, clay & tuffeau (Turonien chalk). Short pruning, low yields, hand harvesting, & sorting tables contribute to a finer finished product, while wild yeast ferments, cool macerations, and 2-4 year old demi-muid and up to eight months elevage complete the canvas.
Peu Muleau is from 35 year old vines at the top of the sunny slope overlooking Restigne, on aeolian sand to give pretty violet-scented wines for earlier drinking while Chevalerie benefits from south-west facing 70 year old vines on sandy clay over limestone to deliver more structured wines for up to 20 years cellaring.