Antoine de la Farge
Loire - FRANCE
Antoine's grandfather, Gerard Clément, was one of the most respected winemakers in the region and one of the founders of the 'Menetou-Salon' appellation. He is still present on the domain and for Antoine he was and still is his great inspiration and example. He started his career in a wine shop and later became a wine buyer for one of France's largest wine merchants. Here he was given the opportunity to expand his knowledge enormously and gain international experience (ex. in Australia). After 12 years of experience, he returned to the domain in 2012 to put all that experience into practice. As a winemaker, Antoine feels like a conductor who transforms the soil into music. Every wine must be a natural reflection of its soil and requires sustainable agriculture to achieve this. The winegrower is the cement between the grape variety and the final wine. He does not want to manipulate the wine, but only to accompany it gently. That is why all grapes are picked by hand, only gravity is used and no yeasts are added to get the fermentation going. His wines therefore constantly win prizes.
With the different terroirs, Antoine de la Farge always manages to achieve delicious results. At Pouilly-sur-Loire, he works on a soil of 65% Silex supplemented with caillottes (white chalk). For Quincy, the harvest comes from a soil of sand and clay. In Menetou-Salon the grapes grow on kimmeridgien, the famous calcareous soil with lots of marl and shells, while Sancerre is also composed of caillottes.
Monocepages of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc is the most important grape variety in the region. Given the climatic conditions and the diversity of the terroirs, Sauvignon Blanc has a very slow ripening process in this region which allows the development of citrus notes and the finesse of the grape variety. Pinot Noir, a delicate grape for its colour and structure, requires special care to express its finesse and elegance. An average barrel aging produces light and fruity red wines with aromas of red fruit, a longer period produces wines with a more assertive structure and a more powerful bouquet.