Profile of Domaine de la Charmoise, Henry Marionnet

This substantial and family-owned operation has long been regarded as the benchmark for quality Loire wines and still continues to be so, although there is always competition from the smaller producers. But, Monsieur Henry Marionnet and his son are undoubtedly passionate about quality, only producing certain wines in very good vintages.

The family has owned the estate since the mid 19th century and unlike so many of their counterparts in France, they kept control throughout the 20th century. Nestled in the village of Soings, deep in the forests of La Sologne, the family quietly continues, as they always have done, to make superb wines that are wonderfully refreshing and enliven your palate.

Henry Marionnet is the most driven winemaker you could hope to meet, continually pushing the envelope, each vintage is a challenge to overcome the last. Their vineyards were completely replanted and enlarged between 1967 and 1978 and most of the wines are produced from vines more than 30 years old. The two key varieties here are Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc. However, look closer and this estate produces many gems, wines you simply will not find elsewhere in the world. The Provignage is produced from Romorantin, an extremely rare variety and the Cépages Oubliés is also a rarity, from an almost obsolete clone of Gamay de Bouze – darker in color with a heady aroma. A winery full of surprises indeed! We can organize private visits and tastings here for our special guests.

Wines produced

  • TOURAINE Sauvignon

    100% Sauvignon Blanc. Aged for 1 year stainless steel vats

  • Le Vinifera Chenin

    100% Chenin Blanc. Made from ancient, ungrafted vines

  • Blancs De Noirs Wintertime.

    100% Pinot Noir. Can be made from wines from different vintages.

  • M de Marionnet

    100% Sauvignon Blanc. Made from low yielding vineyards

  • Le Provignage

    100% Romorantin. Produced from very rare, ancient vines planted in 1850’s

  • Le Vinifera Sauvignon.

    100% Sauvignon Blanc. Dry white

  • TOURAINE Gamay

    100% Gamay. Fermented using carbonic maceration

  • Première Vendange

    100% Gamay. Fermented using carbonic maceration

  • Le Vinifera Gamay

    100% Gamay. Fermented using carbonic maceration

  • Les Cépages Oubliés

    100% Gamay de Bouze. Unique species of Gamy imported from Burgundy over a hundred years ago

  • Le Vinifera Côt

    100% Cot. Rare varietal wine.

Winery details

Domaine de la Charmoise, Henry Marionnet

La Charmoise
4123 Soings
France
Tel +33 (0) 02 41 52 94 11
Fax +33 (0) 02 41 52 49 78

Appellation
Touraine
Founded
1850
Area under vine
60 Hectares
Age of vines
30 years+
Oak barrel origin
None - stainless steel vats
Winemaker
Henry Marionnet
Owner
Marionnet family
Production
400 000 bottles per annum
Grape varietals
Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Cot, Chenin Blanc, Romorantin

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