DOMAINE DU MOUTON NOIR
Producer: Julian Martins
Farming: The vines are managed according to sustainable agriculture (mechanical weed control, use mainly of organic products, use of sheep for weeding in autumn and winter on some plots).
Domaine du Mouton Noir farms 9 ha in Vouvray, and its owner, Julien Martins, has been a friend and colleague of David's since his years as the winemaker at Billaud-Simon in Chablis during its final years before being purchased by Faiveley. Educated in oenology at Bordeaux and having worked throughout Burgundy and the Loire Valley, Julien brings perspective to his work in Vouvray. An impressive one-man operation, Julien is a thoughtful proprietor who wants to raise the bar in this AOC, seriously thinking about the kinds of wine the consumer prefers to drink in today's world.
Without large finances he has found clever ways to work with the best tools. For instance, unable to afford the 600L demi-muids from Stockinger, he bought the 500L version second-hand...and then dares you to tell the difference! The results are fluid, precise and pure. His vineyards are at Chançay on the limestone/clay plateaux above Vouvray. It is exclusively Chenin Blanc but for a tiny parcel of Côt which is rendered as Rosé.