Julien Pineau

Loire, France

Julien began his foray into winemaking slowly, first working summer jobs as an agricultural laborer in Ardeche before finding an apprenticeship with Bertrand Jousset. It wasn’t until after this apprenticeship that Julien began considering more seriously the prospect of winemaking as a career; his family background has little to do with agriculture or winemaking.

A relationship moved him down to Provence for a few seasons before he finally came to the Loir-et-Cher, working with Noella Morantin and Laurent Saillard for a winter. It was here he became aware that the legendary Clos Roche Blanche vignerons Catherine and Didier were due to retire, and that their land would be shortly going up for sale. With Laurent Saillard, he decided to buy the land and to continue the domaine’s legacy of organic and biodynamic farming, splitting the 13ha estate into a more manageable 6.5ha for each. Since then, Julien’s farmed his plots with dignity and care, producing a spectrum of styles from the juicy and quaffable to the ethereal and cellar worthy.

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