Winegrowers: Charlotte and Thomas Carsin
Region: Loire Valley
City: Saint Aubin de Luigné
Grape varieties : chenin, grolleau, pineau d'aunis, cabernet franc, sauvignon
Surface Winery: 20 ha
Annual production: 60.000
Certification: organic wine (AB)
The wines of Terre de l'Élu, Charlotte and Thomas Carsin
Land of the Chosen, is first and foremost a couple in love, Charlotte and Thomas Carsin! Nestled in the heart of the Layon valley, Winery is located on the terroirs of the Anjou Noir, that part of Anjou located at the eastern end of the Armorican Massif: a schistose base which disappears under the Parisian basin, bearing volcanic soils, stones such as sandstone, quartz...
The vineyards of Winery cover 20 hectares and are spread over 6 blocks (groups of plots) around the village.
The methods used by Thomas and Charlotte reflect their passion: no synthetic products in their grassed vineyards, ploughing with a light tractor, gravity work in the cellar, foot treading and slow pressing. Watching the team work in their cellar gives off a cheerful atmosphere of schoolboys and girls.
Plant extracts are used in many forms: infusion, decoction, purin, essential oils. Their properties are very interesting to fight against spring frost, to stimulate the activity of the soil and the plant, to reinforce the immune defenses of the vine or to fight against cryptogamic diseases, which makes it possible to decrease the doses of copper in the treatments. The main plants used are nettle, horsetail, wicker, yarrow, chamomile, dandelion...
Thomas Carsin is not a first experience: an agricultural engineer, he has made several wine trips to California and has worked in a champagne Winery where he has a great mastery of bubbles! Charlotte, his wife, joined him full time and passed her professional baccalaureate! She is everywhere: in the vineyard, in the cellar and works in communication.
The Carsins make high quality natural white wines with several months of maturation in barrels or amphorae. Very nice natural red wines as well, with blends of Grolleau/Gamay/Cabernet or single-variety Cabernet Franc.