The cuvee ”Les Galluches” is made from a blend of grapes harvested from different parcels, a majority of which are of sandy composition thus yielding a wine of intense aromatics and subtle tannins. This wine is aged in oak ”foudres” or large casks for 4 to 6 months, then racked into cement cuves for several more months before bottling. The “Galluches is a consistently impressive wine that is sophisticated in it subtle complexity and offers impeccable value.
Domaine de la Petite Mairie is owned and managed by Corinne and James Petit, an enthusiastic couple devoted to their little corner of the Loire Valley and its wines so celebrated by Rabelais. They have an uncompromising vision of the expression of the Cabernet Franc grape married to the unique terroir of Bourgueil. This vision is learned, in part, from their long-term relationship with the master of this appellation (and president for many years of the syndicate of growers), Jean Gambier, who is James Petit’s uncle. The Gambier - Petit collaboration is more than just familial as it is Petit who works with Gambier to tend the vineyards and make the wine that originates from the property held for several generations by the Gambier family on the plateau just east of the village of Bourgueil. Now that Jean Gambier has officially ”retired”, James Petit capably fills the role of successor, marrying the Gambier holdings in Bourgueil to his own in Ingrandes and Restigne.
The Gambier estate sits on a gentle, south-facing slope that leads to the banks of the Loire. The domaine is known as ”Domaine Les Galluches” which is a reference to the rocky, slightly sandy soils that underlie the vineyards around the domaine. Over the centuries, the river has etched out a wide arc leaving behind a swath of sandy gravel and exposing chalk terraces higher up. The limestone pebbles and sandy soil provide excellent drainage and are ideal sites for vine growth. The southerly exposure gives the Cabernet Franc grapes the sun and warmth necessary to fully ripen in this northerly region.