Domaine Gilles Lesimple
Gilles Lesimple is the fourth generation from a family of winegrowers. Based in the well-known village of Chavignol (a commune in Sancerre), he is a winegrower since 1997. After a training in a stellar American winery, he took over the family domain, where he farms 10 hectares, of which 85% are Sauvignon Blanc. After several years working with local wine retailers, he decided to start bottling his own wine.
Soils and Farming Practices
- 40% on Caillottes (Limestone) in Sancerre
- 40% on The Marnes from the Kimeridgian. The ‘White Earth’ is to be found more on the western side of Sancerre
- 20% on Flint – Silex. Is formations run along the Loire, and culminate in the tops of the hills on the Eastern side of the appellation).
· Clay and limestone white soils, (terres blanches) situated on the hills of the most western part of Sancerrois
· Pebbly soils, known as caillottes
· Siliceous-clayey soils found in the hills east of the vineyard
I met with Gilles Lesimple through a common acquaintance, Arnaud Bourgeois. Both Gilles and Arnaud were friend since back at school in Chavignol. Gilles wanted to export his wines so Arnaud put me in touch with him.I visited his winery, we talked, we tasted the wines. I liked the wines and I liked the man so we started working together.