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|Vineyard:||25 - 30 years, 10 ha|
|Soil:||Clay, Marl, Kimmeridgian Limestone|
|Aging:||Wine ages for 6 months on fine lees in stainless steel. Depending on the vintage, the lees are stirred two to three times during this time|
One could consider Régis Minet the Loire Valley’s answer to an action hero, a man of brooding intensity on an insatiable quest for adventure. It may just be in the blood. His grandfather, Robert, was an artisan tonnelier, or barrel-maker. He kept a mere three hectares of vines in Pouilly-sur-Loire—just enough to make the family’s wine. He, too, was very independent, living autonomously off his own livestock and fresh vegetables from his farm. When he passed away in 1976, Régis left his studies to continue the work of the domaine without giving it a second thought. Since then, he has made this tiny farm a full-time domaine, adding an eight hectares of vineyards. His love of his native terroir certainly translates into his wines.
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
Inspiring Thirst, page 236