Domaine le Portail - Cheverny - Loire-Valley

 The estate  is located in the heart of the Appellation CHEVERNY & COUR-CHEVERNY , the center of the Loire Valley,  between the Loire and Sologne where the most prestigious châteaux of the Loire set alongside.  

The Portail estate is only 600m from the famous CHEVERNY château, which is the 3rd most visited Loire Valley Château after Chambord and Chenonceaux. It is inhabited all year round by a family. Horseback hunting is still practiced. This castle served as a model to outline the Moulinsart castle in the famous comic TINTIN by Hergé.

Since the year 2000, the estate has been using the < TERRA VITIS > charter which is based on careful observation and is designed to preserve the environment. Our wines are produced according to the traditional methods in order to maintain their authentic character and to encourage healthy soil. We have exact requirements and controlled by an independent national body. This method is based on observation, and we treat only if necessary, with a certificated product which develops each year according to scientific research.

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It seeks to preserve biodiversity while protecting the environment to the full.

The Portail estate is a formar monastery where the vines have been cultivated for several centuries. Since the Middle Ages, the vineyards are planted around abbeys and religious communities. Michel and Nicole Cadoux bought the estate in 1978, which now total 32 ha of vines. Nicole is the daughter of over four generations. Michel also married the vineyard when he married Nicole. Damien, our son, joined us in 2005, after stydying viticulture and oenology, and also done internships in other wine regions and in other countries to enrich his knowledge.

Green harvest to remove by hand the grapes damaged or too ripe.
Harvesting at maximum ripeness and under the best weather conditions.
Wines from fresh grapes of excellent quality.
 "Terra Vitis" sustainable viticulture
Soil: Siliceous-clay, Sandy-clay, clay-limestone

Our wines are often award-winning .

-The national famous competitions: Paris & Mâcon
-DECANTER International World Wine Awards
-Very regularly featured in the Hachette guide & various magazines

Cheverny White: vintage 2010 - Decanter Bronze medal  - Aromas of Sauvignon, finesse of Chardonnay...
Cheverny Red: vintage 2010-Decanter World Wine Awards Commended - Gamay & Pinot Noir, fruity, fresh, and elegant...
Cour-Cheverny (white): a unique rare grape variety- Romorantin, maturing of fine lees...

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