About Château de Fesles
Château de Fesles is located in the Loire Valley in the southern tip of the Anjou region near the River Layon and very close to the tiny village of Bonnezeaux, which gets its name from the quality of the iron-rich water found here. The château history dates back almost 1000 years to 1070, although the current buildings were built in the 1800s. It holds such a dominant position above the valley that 21 church spires can be counted from the windows at the front.
Of the property’s 33, hectares 14 are classified as Bonnezeaux, these are situated on the slope beside the château. The soil here is stony and covered by a mixture of shale and clay (blue and red). The topsoil is shallow and rocky.
Overlooking the River Layon, the plateau on which the château is built is mainly planted with red grapes such as the Cabernet Franc for the Vieilles Vignes Anjou and the Chenin Blanc for their white. This is the third highest point in the Loire Valley and has commanding views over the surrounding countryside.
Pierre-Jean Sauvion, the Cellarmaster, is a fourth generation winemaker with plenty of experience; he had made wine in both California and Australia as well as Loire wines such as Muscadet. He regularly vinifies reds, whites (right through the dryness spectrum from completely dry to very sweet) and sparkling wines – just about the complete set.