The Domaine

The Terroir

LEVIN has 19 vineyards on two different types of terroirs. The sites are planted in the villages of Bourré, Choussy and Oisly, some 15 to 20 km apart, over about 18 hectares.

Our Bourré vineyards in the Vallée du Cher are planted on the region’s famed Tuffeau* limestone, mixed with a harmonious blend of loose and flinty clay, mica and sand. This ancient terroir brings body, texture and minerality to the wine.

Bourré – Vallée du Cher

  • Sauvignon Blanc – 4.3 hectares, 11 YO vines
  • Sauvignon Blanc – 1.0 hectares, 20 YO vines
  • Sauvignon Blanc – 3.0 hectares, 26 YO vines
  • Sauvignon Blanc – 1.0 hectares, 33 YO vines
  • Sauvignon Blanc – 1.2 hectares, 10 YO vines
  • Gamay – 1.3 hectares, 18 YO vines
  • Gamay – 1.0 hectares, 25 YO vines
  • Gamay – 0.5 hectares, 44 YO vines

Our soils in Choussy and Oisly are of sandy topsoil sitting on top of a thick layer of excellent smectite clay. They give our wine the fruit flavours, aromas and bouquet we aim to achieve.

Choussy

  • Sauvignon Blanc – 1 hectare, 16 YO vines
  • Gamay – 0.7 hectare, 16 YO vines

Oisly

  • Sauvignon Blanc – 1 hectare, 13 YO vines
  • Sauvignon Blanc – 1 hectare, 19 YO vines
  • Sauvignon Blanc – 1 hectare planted in 2012

Our semi-continental climate – chilly night and warm days – allow for slow and complex ripening periods, producing a unique aromatic profile.

The Winery

The Winery – Conception to Construction

LEVIN Wines is also certified organic in the winery and we take care to preserve our pristine fruit. Upon harvesting, the grapes are carefully and swiftly brought to the winery where they are de-skinned and chilled before entering the press. This preserves the aromatic profile and reduces oxidisation.

Our tanks are stainless steel and temperature controlled. We ferment at a lower temperature in sealed tanks, which helps prevent oxidative flavours from developing. These are key factors in preserving the aromatics that delivery exceptional wine.

Cold stabilisation and a long maturation period allows the development of the complex flavours leading to increased flavour.

Unlike many Sauvignon Blanc producers, we insist on at least two year’s bottle maturation before we will release the wine.

Wine making is dynamic and sensitive to the individual vintage.

For LEVIN, the process is one of controlled simplicity. Our goal is to permit the grapes to express their full potential with as little intervention as possible.

We are not in the Loire Valley making new World wine, but instead growing excellent French Sauvignon Blanc and producing organic wines, using the most innovative methods while remaining firm to our traditional roots.

*Tuffeau soil is marine sedimentary limestone formed during the Upper Cretaceous Period, around 100 million years ago.

Over millennia, mineralised fossil marine creatures were deposited while the Loire was an ancient inland sea.

Mixed with sand, mica and flinty clays from later eras, the Tuffeau creates the some of the best vineyards soils in the world, particularly for Sauvignon Blanc.

It’s chalky-white, luminescent quality was also prized for the construction of Loire Valley’s renaissance châteaux.