Domaine Tessier was founded by Philippe's father, Roger, in 1961 after he decided to plant some vines amongst the asparagus on his farm. As happens, Philippe returned home in 1981 to take over from his father. Over time, he expanded the farm from its humble roots to 23 hectares of land under vine between Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny. He's planted Romorantin, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Côt, Gamay, and many other varieties over a mostly limestone bedrock, with some areas featuring a bit more clay, some adding some silex, and even a touch of sand in the older sites. He farmed traditionally until 1998 when he decided to try his hand at a style of agriculture that was more respectful of the earth and would be a way to give back to what has given him so much. He gained his organic certification in 2002 and holds true to the belief that wine should: be expressive of place, bring pleasure, reflect the climatic challenges of each vintage, and, above all, be a sound and healthy natural product.
- Eric Moorer