Welcome

Welcome to Domaine la Taupe. Situated on the ancient riverbed of the Cher River between Thésée et Monthou in the Loire et Cher valley, we are dedicated to creating natural wines that bring out the terroir and the subtle notes of the Loire Valley. Bertjan Mol is our chief winemaker, he works together with his family and a team of dedicated wine-lovers help to make the best wine the Loire Valley can offer.

About Bertjan Mol:
Bertjan, born and raised in the Netherlands, has been involved in natural wine ever since he took his first sip in 1999 during a trip to France. This inspired him to open Bruutwijn, one of the first companies to import natural wines to the Netherlands.

A few years later Bertjan decided to go all in and purchase a parcel of vines from Bruno Allion, a well known Biodynamic winemaker in the Loire Valley. This is where Domaine la Taupe began and has continued ever since. Passionate about his work, Bertjan is excited to share his wines and his savoir faire with the world.

About Nicole Messer:

Married to Bertjan, she helps manage the domaine and works in the fields all year round. She creates biodynamic preparations in order to perpetuate a natural and self-healing biodiversity. 

Our Wines

Our wines:

Domaine la Taupe produces natural wines. For us this means no sulfites or additives, no filtering/clarification, and relying on spontaneous fermentation that is accomplished by using indigenous yeast. The result is a living wine that reflects its terroir.

Reds:

Carnyx: Cabernet Franc (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%)


A light wine with very fine tannins. The body of the wine is made up of Cabernet Franc that is topped off with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bruno Bert & Co: Côt


This is a wine with a lot of tannins. With hints of black fruits and cherry, this is a very drinkable and vivid wine that has a lot of freshness despite it’s bold character. Overall this is a well balanced wine that is strong, but not heavy.

AK 400: Gamay


The first sip is a mouth full of juice, red, fruity and ripe. This wine has a refreshing tint of acidity and a very nice touch of tension and volatility, every sip is an adventure. It is young and is very much still alive in the bottle, opening bottles on different days will end with different tasting experiences.

During the vinification process, the grapes are partly destemmed and the wine is put into old oaken barrels.

White:

Surin: Sauvignon Blanc


This sauvignon blanc, right after bottling, has a slightly oxidative flair with pleasant notes of acidity. While still young there is an apple flavor that dominates the wine. As it ages it becomes more structured and has had the time to lose its oxidative side.

This wine is great to drink young or old, it is a refreshing drink for any occasion. Our 2018 bottles are ready to be enjoyed now or stowed away in a cave for later.

Surin is pressed directly after the grapes are harvested. The juice stays 5 days in a tank before finding its new home in old oaken barrels for 1.5-2 years.

The Process:

Our white wines are pressed directly after their harvest. For red wines, in general we macerate entire grapes for 5-10 days. All of our wines are aged in old oaken barrels.

Our Vines

You will find us at 40 TER, Rue Nationale, Thésée, France with 6.36ha of vines. In details our vines are broken down in the following parcels:

Le paradis: 1,5ha sauvignon blanc
Le poira: 1,84ha sauvignon blanc et gamay
La maison neuve: 0,77ha cot
Monthou/Toucheronde: 0,7ha cabernet franc and 0,5 ha gamay
Hannah: 0,45 ha Pineau d’aunis (planted in 2019) et 0,2 ha sauvignon blanc (planted in 2019)
Le sonnemot: 0,4 ha sauvignon blanc sauvage (wild)

Our soil is rich and has a mixture of clay, limestone, Flint, and smaller amounts of other rock.

None of our vines or land is treated with pesticides or herbicides and everything is done by hand with personal attention given to each vines throughout the year. We let nature take the lead while taking a hands on approach when it comes to pruning, harvesting, and other vine care. Although there are no official certifications for natural wine in France we are certified as agriculture biologique (AB) by Ecocert and as biodynamic by a French wine organization called Demeter.

Natural Wine

So what exactly is natural wine? While wines can officially be labelled as biodynamic, there currently is no certified natural wine certification. However, all natural wines have the same things in common:

No additives
No added sulfites (though some natural winemakers add a minimal amount 30-40mg/L)
Indigenous yeast and Spontaneous Fermentation
No pesticides and no chemicals (other than a weak dosage of copper) are used on the vines or the soil.

Many natural wine makers also choose to not filter their wines and to not use fining agents. The clarification process is aimed at taking things out of the wine. However, natural wines are only made of grapes, so there is no need to remove anything. This often results in natural wines having some sediment at the bottom of a bottle which is a mixtures of the grapes and yeast.

The general principle of natural wine is to use a minimal amount of human intervention and to let the grapes do the talking. This creates a final product that is essentially different than conventional wines. Conventional wines often aim to reproduce a specific taste year after year by using chemical intervention where natural wine is usually more variable every year.

Furthermore, natural wine is more than just an end product, it is a philosophy. It focuses on sustainable agriculture, healthy soil, and a wine that consists only of the ingredients of the land it came from. As wine consumption and demand continues to increase around the world this type of sustainable agriculture is a healthy way to supply high quality wines to the world.

Work With Us

Talent

All year long we look for people who willing to work and help in our bio-dynamic vineyard. We pay a fair wage for labor and also take volunteers.

Are you motivated, do you have experience in wine making or bio-dynamic gardening/ bio-culture? If so, we look forward to hearing from you. We know that we can’t do this work alone and we don’t want to. We love to share our love and understanding of wine and nature with others and we hope to learn from you as well. We will both have an opportunity to learn and grow from each other, that’s our philosophy.

Just contact us, we have already welcomed people from all over the world to come and join us.

Every august/September we look for a lot of people to come and help with the wine harvest

Internships

We create a environment where you can learn and advance in the fields of wine and bio-dynamic techniques. We take students starting age 16+.  We will support your learning goals and can provide accommodation.

Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with us for business, work, planning an event with us or anything else, we are located at:

Domaine la Taupe:

40 Ter, Rue Nationale

41140 Thésée

France

Visits to the domain are possible if scheduled in advance.

Telephone:

France: +33 06 49 00 58 94 / +33 06 47 66 75 26

Netherlands: +31 6 41461766

E-mail: domainelataupe@gmail.com