The fourth generation to run the family Domaine de Beausejour, Philippe Trotignon has been steadily transforming things ever since he took over in 2002 and today has one of the smartest, most impeccably maintained cellars in the entire appellation. Of the total 20 ha, 12 are planted with Sauvignon Blanc.
The rest, although mostly planted with Gamay, include a small but growing area of Malbec which he blends 70:30 with the local Cabernet Franc to make the red version of the new Touraine Chenonceaux cru. The domaine’s vineyards are however best suited to Sauvignon and the vines grow in the deep sandy soils of Noyers where Philippe’s Sauvignon develops an extra freshness, and also in St-Romain, where heavier soils yield wines that combine powerful aromas with superb depth. Philippe follows the Terra Vitis certified version of lutte raisonnée in his vineyards, and works hard to control yields and ripen healthy, mature grapes. He prunes to give the grapes plenty of space on the vine and de-buds to limit yields. He then de-leafs around the bunches to assist ripening and further crop thins in summer if required. Native wild grasses grow between the vines, minimising soil erosion, suppressing weed growth and making herbicides redundant. In the winery fermentations are temperature controlled and the wines are left on their lees with gentle stirring (bâtonnage) to add complexity and to reduce the requirements for sulphur.