Thomas Batardière

Thomas, originally from Angers began as a caviste in a shop specializing in organic and natural wines and earned a degree as a sommelier in 2008. He became fixated on the craftsmanship of winemaking and pursued a degree in viticulture in Beaune. An experience of several years followed at Chateau Yvonne in Parnay, just outside of Saumur; working under Mathieu Vallée, an already well established and skillful biodynamic producer in the area.

Thomas began his own domaine in 2011 after purchasing 2 ha of chenin in the town of Rablay sur Layon in Anjou. The first challenge was the convert the vineyard to be farmed biodynamical and was fully certified Demeter by 2015. Thomas has since increased his holdings.

He now manages a little over 3 ha, primarily chenin with smaller pockets of grolleau and cabernet franc. The domaine began as little more than the land itself and a pair of pruning sheers, This is how so many commendable projects start, with a conviction to do something unique and few of the necessary means. A work ethic and devotion to an idea that comes through in the finished wine.

Thomas believes that biodynamics heighten the wines general acoustics, it allows vines to have improved communication with their environment, a more deep connection from the earth to the cosmos. Biodynamics allows the winemaker and plants to interact. Biodynamics brings life to the plant, the land and everyone one and everything involved in the process. Wines that are free to express naturally and more complex. The wines are pure and incredibly precise.

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