35 to 70 years
chalk, gravel, sand and clay soils
150 to 350 ft.
The estate of Domaine Gasnier is comprised of 25 hectares, all within the commune of Cravant-les-Coteaux. The age of the vines average 45 years and are all south-facing, an imperative characteristic, given the marginal climate of Chinon. The Gasniers employ biodynmaic techniques in farming, no pesticides or herbicides. Yields are extremely low. The results are aromatic, racy red wines, with great concentration and length. The wines are delicious upon release but are excellent candidates for short-term ageing.
Fabrice Gasnier’s great-grandfather founded the family farm with 7.4 acres of vines at the beginning of the 20th century. In those days, Aimé Gasnier also cultivated barley and corn, as well as raising cattle, sheep and pigs. Aimé’s son Hubert took over in 1935, and during WWII, a period when food was in short supply and red wine was often used as a substitute, he increased the domaine’s vine holdings to 42 acres. In 1966, Jacky Gasnier, Fabrice’s father, converted the domaine entirely to the vine monoculture, planting parcels formerly used for pasture and grains.
Today, fourth-generation Fabrice Gasnier and his wife Sandrine oversee 25 hectares of mostly old-vine Cabernet Franc planted on varying combinations of Chinon’s chalk, gravel, sand and clay soils in and around the village of Cravant-lès-Côteaux. Fabrice joined his father with the harvest of 1990 and by 2000 had begun converting the domaine’s vineyard practices to organic (certified by Ecocert a few year later). Soon thereafter, he began implementing the principles and prescriptions of biodynamics, and later adopted that disciplined culture for all of his vine parcels. In 2009, Domaine Gasnier was certified Biodynamic by Demeter. That same year, the domaine made its debut in La Revue du Vin de France’s annual Classement of The Best Wines of France.