Region: Menetou-Salon, Loire Valley
Variety: Pinot Noir
Terroir: Sourced from 5 parcels covering 6.5 hectares (Le Champaloin in Vignoux, Les Chandelières and Davet in Menetou-Salon, and
Les Treilles and Le Clos des Morogues in Parassy); Kimmeridgian limestone clay soils; 30 year old average vine age
Winemaking: 70-80% destemmed; Spontaneou fermentation in 90-hectaliter tronconic wood foudres for 2-3 weeks; Aged 12 months in the foudres followed by 8-10 months in concrete vats
"The history that surrounds the Domaine Philippe Gilbert, located in the central French hamlet of Faucards, extends to the reign of Louis XV, when François Gilbert took over the vines of his father in law in 1768, and stretches through nine generations to the current vigneron, Philippe.
Philippe’s tortuous path to managing the 27 ha of vines inherited from his father, the first professional oenologist in the appellation, offers an inspiring lens into the resurgence of the too-often overshadowed Menetou-Salon appellation: Philippe was a successful dramaturg, producing and writing plays for the theatre – in fact, one of his creations, a poetic and philosophical contemplation of the horrors of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, was performed in the States – when his father’s impending retirement threatened the survival of the Gilbert family domaine. Having traveled the world and explored the intellectual side of the arts, he still felt the pull of the soils that his father worked for many years. His decisions to embrace biodynamic farming in the mid-2000’s, introduce horse ploughing to some parcels, and increase his focus on single-vineyard expression has transformed the domaine to the benchmark estate in the appellation." -Rosenthal Wine Merchant