Domaine de la Charmoise, Henry Marionnet Winery Guide
This substantial and family-owned operation has long been regarded as the benchmark for quality Loire Valley wines and continues to be so. However, 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 excellent 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; this estate produces many gems and wines you 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.
TOURAINE Sauvignon100% Sauvignon Blanc. Aged for 1 year stainless steel vats
Le Vinifera Chenin100% Chenin Blanc. Made from ancient, ungrafted vines
Blancs De Noirs Wintertime.100% Pinot Noir. Can be made from wines from different vintages.
M de Marionnet100% Sauvignon Blanc. Made from low yielding vineyards
Le Provignage100% Romorantin. Produced from very rare, ancient vines planted in 1850’s
Le Vinifera Sauvignon.100% Sauvignon Blanc. Dry white
TOURAINE Gamay100% Gamay. Fermented using carbonic maceration
Première Vendange100% Gamay. Fermented using carbonic maceration
Le Vinifera Gamay100% Gamay. Fermented using carbonic maceration
Les Cépages Oubliés100% Gamay de Bouze. Unique species of Gamy imported from Burgundy over a hundred years ago
Le Vinifera Côt100% Cot. Rare varietal wine.
Facts & Figures
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
None - stainless steel vats
400 000 bottles per annum
Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Cot (Malbec), Chenin Blanc, Romorantin
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
The Romorantin grape is a rare and exclusive variety hailing from the Loire Valley in France. Known for its ability to reflect the region's terroir, it produces crisp and vibrant wines with distinctive acidity and refreshing citrus notes. With limited production in the Cour-Cheverny appellation, Romorantin wines are highly sought-after treasures.
The sauvignon blanc grape varietal, originally from the Bordeaux region of France, is now one of the world's most loved white varieties.Find out more
Gamay Noir is a grape variety used to make light-bodied red wine, most notably grown in the Beaujolais region.Find out more
Delve into Malbec, a dark, small grape native to France, cherished for its thick skin and exceptional flavors. 🍇🍷Find out more
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