Gilles LESIMPLE
Winegrower at Chavignol
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Chavignol et Sancerre

Gilles Lesimple is the fourth generation of a family of winegrowers.
Based in the well-known village of Chavignol (a commune in Sancerre), he has been a winegrower since 1997.

After having trained in a stellar American winery, he took over the reins of the family domaine, where he farms 10 hectares, of which 85% are Sauvignon Blanc.

After several years of working with local wine merchants, he decided to start producing his own bottles of Sancerre, which is indeed fortunate for lovers of this nectar.

Gilles Lesimple farms his vines with minimum intervention, to ensure maximum respect for the environment.

Some plots are left with grass between the rows to help prevent erosion, but also to give the vines some competition, which helps improve the quality of the grapes.

His land is situated in the communes of Sancerre, Verdigny, Saint Satur, and Sury en Vaux for his Sauvignon, and he also has some Pinot in the first three.

Well located, facing South and South West, they are planted on three principal types of terroir (which is an advantage for the Domaine).

The Limestone of Sancerre, the flint of Saint Satur, and the ‘Terres Blanches’ (white earth) of Verdigny or Sury en Vaux.

The harvest is done mechanically, and lasts about two weeks.

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