Château de la Roche en Loire
The old manor house was built early in the 16th century and completed in the 17th.
The property benefits from an ideal micro climate, bordered on one side by the Chinon Forest and overlooking the valleys of the Loire and Indre.
The mildness of the climate, typical of the region, is perfect for the vines which are planted on gentle slopes on soil composed on clay, sand and flint, giving the Chateau’s wines their special character.
Our wine making marries modern techniques with time-honored traditions. Controlled, measured volumes; grass grown between the rows of vines (hosting the natural predators of insects attracted to the grapes); and channels for draining away rainwater all reflect a respect for nature and quality. The grapes are harvested manually, carried to the low-temperature storehouse on wooden trays, sorted on tables, and then gently passed through a pneumatic press. In other words, a totally natural method of wine making, with no addition of yeast or other additives; a slow process of fermentation in low temperatures; maturing in oak barrels for micro-oxydation; without filtration.
The white wine is made from the Chenin or Pineau de la Loire grape, dry but delicate, with a remarkable bouquet with hints of quince, acacias, honey and apples.
With a good aptitude for aging, this wine is an ideal companion to seafood and fish.
The red wine is made from the Cabernet Franc and Cot or Malbec grape. Dark in color, dense and full in taste and nose, with hints of griotte cherry, these red ages well and are a natural companion to meat and cheese dishes.
The dry sparkling wine, made in the traditional way, available in both white and rose, is made with the Chenin or Grolleau grape. With its small bubbles and subtle palate, it is the perfect wine for celebrations and festivities.