Gautier Thenevet – Domaine Émilian Gillet, Clessé
Jean Thenevet founded this estate in 1988 as an extension to his family estate Domaine de la Bongran in the tiny village of Quintane, just outside Clessé. The name comes from one of Jeans ancestors. He had already worked in these vineyards for quite a while, by renting them. Now when he got the opportunity to buy them, hed did. But it was important to him not mix up the heritage of his family domaine, so he created a new one. (Also complicated legislation in France helped him to make this decicison)
Jean did, together with famous guys like Marcel Lapierre and Pierre Overnoy, a massive work to develop the philosophies of oragnic farming and minimal intervetion winemaking throughout France in the early 80:s.
His son Gautier started to work by his side in 1996, and is since year 2000 responsible for both the vineyards and vinification, but has Jean around to help out. Gautier has a hand full of work, because he also runs the Domaine de la Bongran and also the Domaine Roally which he purchased in 2002.
There is one single white wine produced every year, Freschness, intense fruit and minaerality is to be found.
Appellation: AOC Viré-Clessé
Age of Vines: 10-80 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha
Vinification: Direct press before slow fermentation for 1 year in horizontal stainless steel tanks. Then they move the wine from its lees and keeps on ageing it on tank for 6 months before bottling.