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 Bertan 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.

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 pineau d’aunis (30%)


An earthy wine with very fine tannins. The body of the wine is made up of Cabernet Franc that is topped off with 30% of pineau d’aunis that adds some nice spiciness.

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.

During vinification, grapes are partly destemmed. Our 2015 harvest has spent more than two years in old oaken barrels.

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 2015 bottles have had time to mature and our 2016 bottles are still on the young side but 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 5.21ha 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
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 winemakers add a minimal amount 30-40mg/L)
Indigenous yeast and Spontaneous Fermentation
No pesticides and no chemicals 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.

News

La GoulAyance en Loire

Domaine la Taupe at La GoulAyance en Loire Saturday, June 2nd, Domaine la Taupe will be participating in La GoulAyance en Loire. This is more than just a wine salon, it’s an event. There will be live music, artists, a bio market, and of course natural wine. Speaking of natural wine, there will be winemakers …

Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with us, 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 6 49005894

Netherlands: +31 6 41461766

E-mail: domainelataupe@gmail.com

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