The 5th generation Augis to work the domaine, Philippe clings to a diligent work ethic. The man (with mammoth hands) manages everything from vine, to bottle, to sales...all very nearly on his own. When we order from Phillippe, the order is usually ready within one week. On a side note, he also has an interesting hunting method for wild boar; guided only by his dog and his father’s old WWII knife -- no guns or bows here. Domaine Augis comprises 18 hectares (44.47 acres), and is split between the communes of Meusnes (AOC Touraine) and Lye (AOC Valençay). Philippe produces excellent sauvignon, chardonnay, chenin blanc, pineau d’aunis, gamay, cot, cabernet franc, and pinot noir and sparkling wines from both white and red varietals.
The appellation Valençay (Val-on-say) is situated in Loire Valley’s Southeast Touraine subzone. The vineyardstypically lie on slopes along the left bank of the Cher river which flows 30km north and eventually empties into the Loire. Perhaps Valençay’s biggest claim to fame is that it’s the only area in France to boast two AOCs bearing its name: the AOC for wine, and another for the famous Valençay cheese: made from goat’s milk, formed into a pyramidal shape and covered with a dusting of salt ash.
The Valençay AOC for wine was granted official status only in 2004 and prior to this, the wines were all classified as AOC Touraine. The climate is cool with limestone, silex, flint and clay soils. There are only 100 hectares (240 acres) of vines that are currently used for the appellation's wines – and they are owned by a very small number of producers. The white wines here are made predominately from sauvignon, but small amounts of chardonnay, sauvignon gris and arbois are allowed for blending. Red varieties include côt (malbec), gamay, and pinot noir.