Mikaël Bouges

Location: Faverolles-sur-Cher, Touraine, Loire
Founded: 2005
Size: 8 hectares
Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau de Loire (Chenin), Côt, Gamay, Cabernet Franc
Viticulture: Farming without pesticides or herbicides since 2005
Vinification: Indigenous yeasts, no filtering or fining, minimal (or no) sulfur additions.

In 2005, Mikaël Bouges established his own domaine in the village of Faverolles-sur-Cher in Touraine after many years of working with his father on their estate in the neighboring village of Saint-Julien-de-Chédon. His father had already been working without pesticides and herbicides since the early 1990s, so Mikaël has always approached his parcels that way right from the start. The varying alluvial soils in the Cher valley are expressed fully by the single variety wines that he makes from each individual plot (over hundreds of years, the changing course of the river Cher has left behind it a collage of calcareous limestone soils mixed with quartz and silex).
The different cuvees all start their fermentations outdoors, in tanks on the crush pad. He explained to us that he thought this was a gentler way to introduce the grapes to the dark, by starting in these tanks and then later moving them inside the cellars that long ago were dug into the tuffeau limestone. In cellar the wines age in stainless steel, fiberglass tank, or old barrels, for a length of time that is determined by the variety and age of the vines.