DOMAINE DE LA CHEVALERIE is a winery in Restigné in the Bourgueil AOC in the Touraine region of France’s Loire Valley. The Caslot family has farmed here since 1640.

OWNERS Pierre & Danielle Caslot; and Stéphanie and Emmanuel Caslot.

VINEYARDS 38 hectares (94 acres) mainly in Restignié, including 5 hectares (12.3 acres) added in 2009. 100% Cabernet Franc.

BIODYNAMIC PRACTICES (Jan 2015, interview at Millésim Bio). Horn manure 500 is bought in from Guy David in Orléans. Horn silica 501 is sprayed in spring (but not sprayed after harvest). Equisteum arvense 508 is used. The main plant-based spray is stinging nettle tea. Dynamizing takes place in a copper dynamizer from Eco-Dyn.

CERTIFICATION 2006 Organic conversion begins on all 33 hectares (81 acres). 2008 First vintage with full organic certification. 2009 Biodynamic conversion begins on the exisiting 33ha + another 5 hectares (12.3 acres). 2012 All 38 hectares (94 acres) are fully certified Biodynamic by Demeter for the first time. 2017 Still certified biodynamic by Demeter.

WINERY The aging cellars are beneath the main courtyard.

WINES

The range consists of Bourgueil cuvées differentiated by soil type.

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, BRETÊCHE From Clay-limestone, younger vines to Busardières, below.

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, BUSARDIÈRES From the oldest vines planted on limestone-clay [sic] soils.

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, CASIOPÉE

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, CASLOT

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, CUVÉE DE LA CHEVALERIE 2008 Perfumed, not over-extracted, balanced & fresh at the Real Wine Fair Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016. Rich, lovely fresh fruit at Real Wine Fair London 2017.

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, DYPTIQUE VIN DE LUNE From gravel. 2015 Fresh, sappy, frank, VG at RWF 2017.

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, LES GALICHETS From clay soils containing silica. 2011 Well made at Millésime Bio 2014.

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, GRAND-MONT From limestone. 2011 Nice firmness at Millésime Bio 2014.

BOURGUEIL ROUGE AOC, PEU-MULEAU From sandy soils.

CONTACT Domaine de La Chevalerie, 7 rue du Peu Muleau, La Chevalerie, F-37140 Restigné (Indre et Loire), France / +33 (0)2.47.97.37.18 or 46.32 / caslot [at] wanadoo.fr / www.domainedelachevalerie.fr