Domaine Andree (Stephane Erisse)
Domaine Andrée, founded by Stéphane Erissé, is a small estate in Saint-Cyr-Le-Bourg, comprising three hectares of vineyards planted with Grolleau, Cabernet Franc, and Chenin. Stéphane's philosophy is centered on minimal intervention and organic farming, with the goal of producing pure, elegant, and complex wines that showcase the terroir.
After working for more than 15 years in the international construction business and discovering wine, thanks to his in-laws, he decided to change careers in 2008 to be closer to his daughter Jade. He learned the craft alongside remarkable vignerons like Cyril Fahl (Clos du Rouge Gorge) and Charly and Antoine Foucault (Clos Rougeard / Domaine du Collier).
In 2011, he started Domaine Andrée (named after his grandmother) by acquiring 3.7 ha of multiple plots of vines farmed organically for the last 25 years by the previous owner, in Saint-Georges-sur-Layon. The terroir there is very special: it is a vein of charcoal crossing the Layon, inspiring the names of two of Stéphane’s Cabernet Franc cuvées, Les Mines and Carbone. He also farms organically some Grolleau Gris and Noir, and of course, some Chenin with a very specific character!
Stéphane is as precise and meticulous in the cellar as he is in the vines. Located a thirty-minute drive away in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg near Saumur, he vinifies in a beautiful underground tuffeau cave. Fermented in carefully selected larger oak formats from different coopers (some new), he believes a great wine takes time and trusts in an appropriate length of aging (12 months for the grolleau, at least 18 months for the Cabernet and the Chenin) on fine lees. The wines of friends like Richard Leroy, Stéphane Bernaudeau, and the Foucaults inspire these decisions. He carefully uses sulfur, at crush (max 15-20 ppm), after settling (max 15-20 ppm, if any, depending on the vintage quality) and if needed at bottling.
Overall, Stéphane Erissé's Domaine Andrée produces wines that are noteworthy for their elegance, precision, and connection to the terroir.
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