Benoit Courault is a young and established vigneron in Faye d’Anjou, a little village south of Angers along the Layon river. Not a son of a winemaker, early on, Ben decided to study wine. He went to Beaune. From 2003 until 2006, he worked with the famous vigneron Eric Pfifferling from Domaine L’Anglore in Tavel.
Back to his native Loire, he found 5ha of vineyards and started his estate in 2006. Benoit’s aim is to propose authentic wines of excellent quality produced with a constant concern for the natural balance of life cycles, a statement that you will find on his label “Vignes cultives dans le respect du vivant”. Ben’s practices are simple and traditional, organic farming, use of the horse, natural vinification, very little use of sulfites, no fining and no filtration.
About Gilbourg: From several plots located on the Coteau des Mailles in Faye d’Anjou, 40 years old vines of Chenin Blanc, aged 8 months in oak casks and barrique. Great vintage with a rich nose, ripeness but still with balance, the mouthfeel is dense and a wine that is delicious and long with some tension.