At the young, bright age of 23, Wilfrid Rousse, motivated by a passion for wine, began farming a single hectare of vines which he rented from his grandfather in his hometown of Savigny en Véron. He harvested his first crop the same year, 1987, and sold the wine to his family and friends. Now, his vines span about eighteen hectares, and his vision, too, has expanded to include a worldwide market, much to our delight. His vineyards vary between three and eighty years of age and are planted at a density of 5,000 vines per hectare. On average, The Domaine yields about 45 hectoliters per hectare. His vines grow in three different types of soil: all on tuffeau bedrock. In the village of Savigny-en-Véron his vines grow in sandy, gravelly, alluvium soil, in Beaumont-en-Véron in clay and limestone soil, and in Chinon in clayey siliceous soil. The diversity of his vineyards allows Wilfrid to accentuate the elements of the terroir in his wines, all while respecting the environment. Grapes are handpicked from the end of September to the beginning of October, and are then de-stemmed and sorted. Each parcel is vinified separately, with a gentle, temperature-controlled fermentation lasting from eight days to three weeks, depending on the cuvée. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation, and may be aged in wood. Rousse has been hard at work creating mineral-driven, fresh wines, striving to reflect each vineyard’s unique terroir. We are quite proud of his efforts and look forward to tasting his coming developments.