Château Soucherie, Coteaux du Layon

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The Tijou family has a long history as viticulteurs in the Loire Valley region near Angers. In fact, they have practiced their craft, father to son, since 1780. The actual Domaine de la Soucherie was purchased from the Marquis de Brissac in 1952. At the time almost all the wine produced at the Domaine was sold to the negoçiant firm of Nicholas. Pierre-Yves Tijou, the current proprietor, took over the management of the estate in 1969 and began to bottle a portion of the production. Today, the entire production is estate-bottled. The domaine is composed of 30 hectares of vineyards, four of which are within the highly coveted area of “Chaume” and 1.80 of which are within the confines of the Savennières appellation in the “Clos des Perriers”. Approximately 18.5 hectares of the domaine is planted to Chenin Blanc; there are also 7 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; and there are small parcels of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gamay.