A FRENCH VINEYARD

Our philosophie

Wine is a family tradition. Our aim is to promote our terroir while respecting the bio diversity of the parcels.

Welcome to the Estate

Located between the Loire and the Layon, discover an exceptional terroir and revive your senses by tasting our wines. Come with the family or with friends or on a professional trip, everyone is welcome. Situated on the Wine Route, in the heart of our charming village of St Aubin-de-Luigné (also called the Pearl of Layon) , we hope to welcome you soon.

A history of 5 generations

At its creation in the 1870, the estate covered 3 or 4 hectares. During this period , production was mainly devoted to dry and sweet white wines. The estate developed and expanded its range by planting red grape varieties on its surrounding hillsides. It was then the turn of Jean-Christophe, the son of Michel Blouin, to continue on with the family tradition.

The Estate in figures

23

hectares of vines

60000

bottles/year

7000

clients

200

medals

Take as much pleasure to discover our wines as we have to raise them …

Throughout the year, we enjoy sharing our passion for wine.

On these few pages, discover a little about our profession.

It is for us, a little taste of what we can share with you when you come to visit.

Our Varieties

cepage-chenin
White chenin grape
Area  : 13 ha 90 Chenin Blanc comes from the Loire Valley and probably the region of Anjou, is more… Read More
  • Sweet white wine 100%
  • Crémant de Loire, Grape juice 100%
  • Anjou dry white 90%
cepage vigne sauvignon
White Sauvignon Grape
Area : 0ha 40a Sauvignon enables the development of dry white wines very distinguished, very delicate and well balanced. On… Read More
  • Dry white Anjou 10%
Cepage Vigne Grolleau
Grolleau Grape
Area : 1ha 55 This variety is probably a native of the Touraine. On the estate it is used in… Read More
  • Rosé de Loire 70%
cepage vigne sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon Grape
Area : 2ha 60 This variety originated in the Bordeaux region Cabernet Sauvignon provides wines that have a very good… Read More
  • Anjou Villages 70%
  • Cabernet d'Anjou 50%
  • Red Anjou 30%
cepage vigne cabernet franc
Cabernet Franc Grape
Area : 4ha 50 Cabernet Franc grape probably originated in the South West of France. This variety helps to prepare… Read More
  • Red Anjou 70%
  • Cabernet d'Anjou 50%
  • Anjou Villages 30%

FROM THE VINE TO THE GLASS

  1. Plantation

    The life span for vines is around 40 years. We choose the variety according to the type of soil.

  2. Vine Cultivation

    Working methods have not changed a great deal. New techniques help improve grape and wine quality.

  3. Harvest

    Hand picking for reds and Crémant, sorting for sweet liquors , and by machine for the rosés.

  4. Wine making

    It is a type of art. Each vatful and selection are vinified in small batches in order to develop their personalities.

  5. Conditioning

    Is carried out when the wine is mature and according to the needs.

Visits & activities

Wine tasting

We propose a variety of our different wines for you to sample. From Crémant de Loire to our sweet white wines, not forgetting our reds and rosés, according to your preferences, all set in a warm friendly atmosphere.

Guided tours

During your visit, we will show you around the estate. This gives us the opportunity to explain how our wines are elaborated and to present their terroirs. (By appointment only)

Motorhome stopover

To welcome you in the best conditions, we have created a reception area, for motor homes or caravans with picnic tables.

Night time Mountain bike and ramble event

In April... on foot or mountain bike , the vine yards around the estate provide a superb setting for this special venue….Leaving from the Estate, hot soup and a cold buffet awaits those who finish the event, refreshment points are available throughout the course. Prices and registration details on www.lesgriffons.com

The wine growers picnic

Every year in May around Whitsun come and share a pleasant moment. On the program: a visit to our cellar, a cocktail and a stroll through the vineyard. From 10h30 to 17h. Free entry, just bring along a picnic. By reservation only.

The autumn picnic

In the autumn on the 8th of October , come and spend a day with us. Discover the wine harvest and the techniques of wine making. From 9h30 to 17h. Bring a picnic. By reservation only (before 29/09/2016). 6€/ person

  • Récolte pour le Crémant
  • Céline et Jean-CHristophe

The questions asked by our visitors

Do you produce all the products which are available for sale?

Yes, that’s why we are part of Independent Winegrowers. This means that our work begins with the planting of the vines and ends with the retailing.

Who are your clients?

Our clients are mainly individual customers. We also work with professional clients (wine caves and restaurant owner). And we are developing gradually our exports mainly within Europe.

How many are working on the Estate?

We are 5 working on the Estate all year round; we have additional help for the season. About 6 people to help with the work for spring-summer and a dozen seasonal workers for the harvest period.

What is the life span of a vine plant?

The life span of a vine is much related to its living conditions. They will be more drained with (poor soil or high yield) giving a short life span and vice versa. On our Estate the average age is 35, the oldest are 50 years old.

What are the requirements to have a wine cellar at home?

There are 4 main elements to have a good cellar:

 

  • 1st is the temperature: the main element, it must be as constant as possible.
  • 2nd  is humidity: air which is too dry causes premature drying out of the cork causing the wine to lose its natural properties more quickly.
  • 3rd is the light: it intervenes on the aging phenomena; the more there is the quicker the wine will change.
  • 4th is the olfactory atmosphere: the cork reacts with certain chemical solvents or products. This can produce a corky taste (eg bleach with chlorine).

Landscapes Slideshow

entrée du domaine
La vigne en automne aux Coudraies
La récolte du Crémant de Loire
Château médiéval de la Haute Guerche
Mise en bouteille