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Les Jardins de Theseiis

Canadian Anouk Lavoie-Lamoureux and French Paul-André Risse are the husband-wife team of biologists-turned-winemakers of Les Jardin de Theseiis. In the Touraine region of the Loire, they farm biodynamically, carrying on Bruno Allion's legend, and make emotive cuvées from Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Côt and Pineau d'Aunis.

"The goal is always to bring diversity to the vines through other plants. We see each parcel as its own garden. The idea of using the word garden for our domaine name just felt right."

People:  Lavoie-Lamoureux and French Paul-André Risse

Place:  Touraine, Loire, France

Varieties:  Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Pineau d'Aunis, Côt (the local name for Malbec)

Hectares:  6.5 

Farming:  Biodynamic

Wines: Click here

Did You Know? This is an ancient spot: in Roman times, it was known as Theseiis, and was a town found en route from Tours to Bourges. 

A remnant of Sauvignon post-harvest 2020

They plunged into biodynamics working with Ceretto in Italy, after which they went back to Canada for the summer. There, they spent some time working at Le Clos Jordanne in Ontario, and La Stella and Le Vieux Pin in British Columbia. Then, they returned to Europe once more. 

“We came back to France and worked all over. We spent three and a half months working in the Médoc at Château Palmer and then with Mark Angeli and some other people in Anjou. We learnt a lot of different things; there are a lot of brilliant winemakers there.”

When deciding where to lay their roots, it was Mark Angeli’s advice that made Anouk and Paul-André consider sticking around in Anjou. The terroir was excellent, and there were a lot of opportunities to acquire land. However, knowing Anjou fairly well, Anouk and Paul-André realised that, although they loved the region, it was just slightly too saturated for what they wanted to achieve. They wanted a new challenge. 

“We found ourselves moving away from Anjou because, although it’s a beautiful region, it’s where everyone finds themselves nowadays. It’s been this way for the past 10-15 years. More so, we couldn’t find any land for sale which would support the biodynamic model — there weren’t really any independent plots.”

"I have to admit that at the start I found the idea of biodynamics a bit too fantasy-like. But, for me, being a biologist is synonymous with being ecological. It was through tasting biodynamic wines that we became convinced of the practice. We decided that we wanted to work with biodynamics because in fact, there are...

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