Thibaud Boudignon is one of the most exciting and passionate vignerons in the Loire Valley today. His domaine is made up of 7 hectares of vines, 5 hectares in Savennières and 2 hectares in Anjou each worked biodynamically. The majority of vines were planted by Thibaud via massal selection and are guyot-poussard trained. The domaine is among the last to harvest each year and occurs when Thibaud believes the grapes are ready to be picked. This decision is based on his desire for the grapes to reach optimal maturity and when they do, he employs over 30 workers to harvest as quickly as possible.
Once the harvest of each parcel is complete, the bunches are sorted by hand ensuring only the highest quality fruit is preserved. The grapes are pressed very gently and the juice moves to inox tank by gravity. Only indigenous yeasts are used during the fermentation process. Fermentation and élevage occurs in a combination of inox tank and oak barrels. Barrels include a combination of 600L demi-muids, 320L “cigars”, 350L barriques and lightly toasted Austrian Stockingers. Thibaud does not allow malolactic fermentation to occur. Aging in barrel lasts up to 12 months before the juice is moved back to inox tank before bottling.