The domaine currently consists of 27 hectares, spread across three different landscapes: the river valley vineyards bordering the Vienne River (for their “Les Rosiers” wine), the gently sloped and plateau vineyards surrounding the village of Cravant (for their “Tradition” cuvee) and the relatively flat, plateau vineyards above the village of Cravant (for their “Stanislas” and “les Boulais” wines). All vineyards are within 3-4 miles of each other. This variety of vineyards allows Pierre to produce such varied and thrilling expressions of Chinon.
If you can’t find Pierre in the vineyards, you may find him riding his beloved motorcycle. Or you may find him working on some construction: Pierre personally jackhammered hundreds of cubic meters of soil to build his cellars and even erected a lookout tower from which to see the village.
Third generation winemaker Pierre Sourdais started his namesake domaine in 1981 when he began renting 8ha of vineyards. He had been working on the family farm since 1972. The Sourdais family is well known in Chinon: Pierre has brothers, sisters and cousins who are involved with the region’s wine trade. In addition to still red wine expressions of Cabernet Franc, the domaine also crafts white wines, rose wines and sparkling wines.
The domaine has been certified organic since 2012.