Les Quatre Piliers

Loire

Valentin Desloges comes from a long lineage of wine growing. After receiving his bachelors in Amboise and a BTS viti-oeno in Bordeaux, Valentin went to work for Chateau Mangot in Saint-Emilion. Following that, he went on to work in New Zealand in 2015, with a strong focus on the varietal Sauvignon Blanc. Returning back to France, it was natural to spend time in Burgundy and he did so working alongside some of the top white winemakers we know and love, Raphael Coche and Paul Pillot. Additionally he spent time elsewhere, such as Alsace with Vincent Sipp. These mentors with roots in diverse territories have brought a wide array of experience in both the vineyard and cellar. He returned to the Loire and started his own Domaine, Domaine des Quatre Piliers. Ten hectares between Noyers and Saint-Aignan. He converted the estate to organic, focusing all of his energy into the vines while still focusing on details in the cellar such as creating his own barrels in collaboration with Francois Freres. Produced with wood from the estate that he drys and prepares himself. His first vintage was 2020.

Viticulture and Vinification

Just under 10ha, located in Touraine and split into about 15 different small parcels. Upon acquiring the vineyards-the vines have been converted to organic cultivation. About half of the vineyards are planted to Sauvignon Blanc on clay and limestone soils. With Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Cot/Malbec making up the rest. The Cher river acts as a large temperature regulator with close proximity to the vines. There is a large area of tuffeau that has been dug out, creating mineral equilibrium and serving as a natural ventilation system for the vineyard.

This panel of different soils is divided into 4 parcels: Les Puits aux Chiens, totalizing 3.5ha Sauvignon Blanc between 15 and 50 years of age, as well as Chenin vines about 30 years old; at the top of Noyer, there is high white clay with limestone borders with a cooler climate, preserving freshness, high aromatics, and acidity to the wines; To the north is Bernardières, one of the warmer parcels with 45 year-old Cot vines planted in sulphate rich soil close to the Cher river; the Bel Air parcel consists of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc and the Quatre Piliers parcel has 25 year-old Pinot Noir and 50 year-old Cabernet Franc vines planted to a cooler climate at the top of the hill with warmer micro climates at the bottom of the slopes with high red clay content. This complementary mix between warm and cold lands is fostering the subtle equilibrium sought after by Valentin in winemaking, associating robustness from the clay and delicacy from limestone.

In the cellar, there is great focus on controlled pressing - the amount of pressure used, the length of time the grapes are pressed and which juices are used. All the work is done by the moon calendar. Fermentations occur with indigenous yeast, and there is no fining or filtration of the finished wines. The wines are aged at a natural and constant temperature of 13°C in tuffeau caves at 75% humidity. Cabernet Franc and Cot grapes are carefully de-stemmed before fermenting in tanks for 20 to 30 days. Pinot Noir is cooled down with 20% of entire grapes and ferments for 9 days. Alcoholic fermentation takes places in stainless steel before being transferred to various barrels for malolactic fermentation. White wines only ferment in wood casks, with a varying proportion of new wood depending on the cuvée: 20% for the Grande Cuvée of white Sauvignon, and 30% for the Chenin.

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The Wines of Les Quatre Piliers

Touraine, Ancrage

2023 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Ancrage

2023 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Ancrage

ASSEMBLAGE Sauvignon Blanc

THE VINEYARD Two plots of family vines farmed organically.

SOIL Clay & flint soils

VINE AGE 10-14 years of age

FERMENTATION & AGING Fermented 80% in tank and 20% in barrel, before aging 6 months in various barrel sizes. Racked twice in total.

BOTTLES 10000

coming autumn 2024

Touraine, Chapitre I

2021 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Chapitre I, Sauvignon Blanc

2021 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Chapitre I, Sauvignon Blanc

ASSEMBLAGE Sauvignon Blanc

THE VINEYARD Right Bank of the Cher River 4ha

SOIL limestone with clay and flint stones traces of white marl with limestone bedrock

VINE AGE 15-35 years

FERMENTATION & AGING 24 hours of pressing at 1.8 bars. Transferred to 228,350 & 500L, 18% new barrels for 8 months. Then bottled by the moon calendar in July 2022. Unfined and unfiltered

BOTTLES 15,000

2022 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Chapitre I, Sauvignon Blanc

2022 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Chapitre I, Sauvignon Blanc

ASSEMBLAGE Sauvignon Blanc, Inconu clone

THE VINEYARD Right Bank of the Cher River, 4ha on ancient Turonian limestone bedrock; yields are about 50 hL/ha.

SOIL Clay with chalky flint

VINE AGE 10-45 years

FERMENTATION & AGING Long, slow fermentation in homemade oak barrels of 228, 350 & 500L, 10% of which is new; 1g/hL sulfur added at pressing. Occasional batonnage during elevage, and racked only once during 12 months' aging. Bottled by gravity, unfined and unfiltered with 2g/hL sulfur at bottling.

Touraine, Bel Air

2020 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Bel Air

2020 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Bel Air

ASSEMBLAGE Sauvignon Blanc

THE VINEYARD Left Bank of the Cher - South West exposure – 2ha

SOIL Red clay made of a mix of iron oxide and limestone. Pebbly & limestone bedrock

VINE AGE 55-65 years

FERMENTATION & AGING 24 hours of pressing at 1.8 bars. Transferred to 228L, 18% new barrels for 18 months. Racking in March then bottled by the moon calendar in May 2022. Unfined and unfiltered

BOTTLES 8000

Not your grandma's Sauvignon Blanc, as the deep, rich soils provide power, spice and candied citrus & tropical notes. Ideal pairing for a citrusy beurre blanc sauce, mango salsas, yuzu curd or tartare of any kind.

2021 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Bel Air

2021 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Bel Air

ASSEMBLAGE Sauvignon Blanc

THE VINEYARD Left Bank of the Cher - South West exposure – 2ha

SOIL Clay with chalky flint

VINE AGE 55-65 years

FERMENTATION & AGING 24 hours of pressing at 1.8 bars. Transferred to 228L, 17% new homemade barrels for 24 months. Racking in March then bottled by the moon calendar in May 2022. Unfined and unfiltered

BOTTLES 6000

Touraine, Les Puits aux Chiens

2020 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Les Puits aux Chiens, Chenin Blanc

2020 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Les Puits aux Chiens, Chenin Blanc

ASSEMBLAGE Chenin Blanc

THE VINEYARD Right bank of the Cher River – West exposure

SOIL Sandy soils with limestone bedrock

VINE AGE 30 years

FERMENTATION & AGING 24 hours of pressing at 1.8 bars. Transferred to 228L, 19% new barrels for 18 months. Racking in March then bottled by the moon calendar in May 2022. Unfined and unfiltered

BOTTLES 2500

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Touraine, Premiere Cuvee Cabernet Franc

2021 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Premiere Cuvee Cabernet Franc

2021 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Premiere Cuvee Cabernet Franc

ASSEMBLAGE Cabernet Franc

THE VINEYARD Old vineyard of massale selection Cabernet Franc with ancient Turonian limestone; yields are 35 hL per hectare.

SOIL Red clay & silex, 70-80 cm before hitting bedrock.

VINE AGE 70+ years

FERMENTATION & AGING No sulfur added at pressing; macerated in stainless steel for 15 days before transferring to 225L barrels from Cheval Blanc for elevage. Unfined and unfiltered, 3g/hL sulfur at bottling.

Touraine, Au Dessus de Vitre

2020 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Au Dessus de Vitre, Cabernet Franc

2020 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Au Dessus de Vitre, Cabernet Franc

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ASSEMBLAGE Cabernet Franc

THE VINEYARD Left Bank of the Cher - South West exposure – 2ha

SOIL Red clay made of a mix of iron oxide and limestone. Pebbly & limestone bedrock

VINE AGE 45-70 years

FERMENTATION & AGING Maceration lasts 24 days with a gentle and slow infusion, no pigeage, daily pump over. 1 bar maximum for pressing. Free run and press are separated. Aged in 2-3 year 228L barrels for 18 months

BOTTLES 4000

Premiere Cuvee Pineau d'Aunis, VdF

2022 Les Quatre Piliers, Premiere Cuvee Pineau d'Aunis, VdF

2022 Les Quatre Piliers, Premiere Cuvee Pineau d'Aunis, VdF

ASSEMBLAGE Pineau d'Aunis

THE VINEYARD Right Bank of the Cher River, 4ha on ancient Turonian limestone bedrock; yields are about 42 hL/ha.

SOIL Clay-sand soils

VINE AGE 45 years

FERMENTATION & AGING Macerated 9 days, then fermented in homemade barrels. Aged 12 months in 100% homemade french oak barrels, 10% of which are new. Racked only once during 12 months' aging. Bottled by gravity, unfined and unfiltered; no sulfur was added at pressing, and the smallest possible amount at bottling.

BOTTLES 1800

coming autumn 2024

Touraine, Pinot Noir

2022 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Pinot Noir

2022 Les Quatre Piliers, Touraine, Pinot Noir

ASSEMBLAGE Pinot Noir

SOIL Flinty limestone

VINE AGE 20 years of age

FERMENTATION & AGING Macerated for 11 days, then fermented in homemade oak barrels; aged for 12 months in 228L homemade barrels, 10% of which is new. Racked only once during agin. No sulfur was added at pressing, and the smallest possible amount at bottling.

BOTTLES 1500

coming autumn 2024

Touraine, Ancrage

Touraine, Chapitre I

Touraine, Bel Air

Touraine, Les Puits aux Chiens

Touraine, Premiere Cuvee Cabernet Franc

Touraine, Au Dessus de Vitre

Premiere Cuvee Pineau d'Aunis, VdF

Touraine, Pinot Noir