HENRY MARIONNET, Soings
Henry Marionnet is passionate about traditional and natural methods, he is generally considered to be the best producer of Gamay in the Loire. By picking late and discarding green grapes he achieves maximum ripeness which translates into fleshy and sweetly-fruited wines. His estate is located near the village of Soings, nestled deep in the forest of Sologne. Around Soings, the terroir is very varied, but the soils around Charmoise are predominantly fine sand, flint and clay, peppered with fossilised shells in places.
Just behind the Marionnet residence is the highest peak between the Cher and the Loire, which is characterised by these soils mixed with large, heavy stones. The climate is
favourable, there are occasional hailstorms but the vines are otherwise quite well protected from frost.
With his real passion for the methods employed by his ancestors, Henry decided to plant a parcel using non crafted vines to produce this Vinifera Gamay. The soils are very poor, consisting of clay covered with flints and pebbles. Hand harvesting and carbonic fermentation is also used for this cuvée and the result is a full-flavoured, fleshy Gamay with real charm and bite. Concentrated strawberry and black cherry flavours, the palate is ample and dense with lovely, juicy silkiness and elegance.