Sophie and Thierry Chardon founded Domaine de L’Aumonier in 1996 in the far eastern reaches of the Touraine appellation. In 2003, they went organic in the vines, receiving certification from Ecocert three years later. Eventually they expanded their vineyard acreage to 86 and their range from Sauvignon to include Chenin, a handful of reds, and several sparklers, but the core of their production remains Sauvignon Blanc. We have always felt the best Sauvignon Blanc values are found in Touraine, and this is no exception
This Touraine comes from vines averaging 20 years old growing in the communes of Couffy, Seigy and Chateauvieux just south of the Cher River, a major tributary of the Loire. The Loire Valley is an open window to the Atlantic, blessing the region with clement weather. L’Aumonier’s soils range from tufa hillsides rich in clay and limestone to flatter sites of flint and clay, sand and clay, and silt and clay. Ferments are typically spontaneous (the occasional difficult tank may get a dose of neutral yeast) and the wine is raised in tank. Production averages 8,500 cases.