Domaine des Sablonnettes is a biodynamic winery located in the Loire Valley region of France. The estate is situated in the Anjou wine region, specifically in the village of Coutures, which is known for producing natural and organic wines.
The winery was founded by winemaker and vigneronne (winegrower) Nadège Lelandais in 2005. Nadège and her husband Laurent, practice biodynamic farming principles in their vineyards, which means they prioritize organic and sustainable practices, such as avoiding synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and following lunar and cosmic rhythms in the vineyard work.
Domaine des Sablonnettes cultivates approximately 8 hectares (20 acres) of vineyards, primarily planted with Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. They also have some plantings of Grolleau and Pineau d'Aunis, which are lesser-known varieties in the region.
The winery produces a range of wines, including white, red, and rosé wines, as well as sparkling wines. Their winemaking approach focuses on minimal intervention, allowing the natural fermentation process to occur with native yeasts and avoiding excessive manipulation. The wines are typically unfiltered and may have a slightly cloudy appearance, as is common with natural wines.
Domaine des Sablonnettes wines are renowned for their expression of terroir, showcasing the unique characteristics of the Anjou region. They often exhibit vibrant acidity, purity of fruit, and a sense of energy and liveliness.
The winery has gained recognition among natural wine enthusiasts and has become a reference point for biodynamic winemaking in the Loire Valley. Their wines are sought after by those who appreciate artisanal, low-intervention wines with a sense of place and authenticity.