At the end of the 19th century Alphonse Delecheneau created this domaine of 11 hectares located in the heart of the Loire Valley Château region to the east of Tours. In addition to the beautiful Château of Amboise which gave its name to the local wine, I was also drawn by the Château du Clos Lucé where Leonardo Da Vinci, at the invitation of King Francois I of France, spent his last three years and died. It was in 1982 that Adrien, the son of Alphonse, passed his knowledge and love of the product down to his son, Jackie.
The business was passed down from father to son and in 2002, Damien, the current winemaker, took over the reins of his ancestors’ pride and joy. He used his knowledge of wine that he had learnt in Bordeaux, Burgundy and also in Napa Valley and Stellenbosch, to produce high quality award winning wines. Damien cultivates his vines in organic and biodynamic avoiding chemicals and additives. The production of the vineyard is split between the famous Chenin grape base white wine Montlouis and the relatively unknown Touraine-Amboise, an appellation that was made official in 1954.