Located on the bank of the Loire river, not far from the Royal Medieval castle of Amboise, La Grange Tiphaine was created at the end of the 19th century by Alfonse Delecheneau, followed by three generations: Adrien, Jackie and now, Damien. At the time, the Delecheneau family grew a variety of crops on the land. From 1941 onwards, they bottled their entire production themselves. From the 1970s, when Jackie Delecheneau took over the running of the domain, he put an end to the domain’s polyculture and planted vines of better quality. In 2004, Damien Delecheneau took over the reins and was joined by his wife Coralie a few years later.
The biodynamically farmed 15 hectare estate is spread over the appellations of Montlouis-sur-Loire, Touraine and Touraine-Amboise, where old vines côt (malbec), cabernet franc, grolleau, chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc fully express their potential. In the winery, the work is very precise and measured, with micro cuvée vinifications and élevage in concrete vats and old casks. Indigenous yeasts are used for the fermentations, and the juices are transported by gravity, with gentle extractions and long macerations to follow. The use of sulphites is judicious and no other inputs, or interventionist techniques are used. The whites are neither racked nor stirred. Praised by wine critics and loved by wine enthusiasts, La Grange Tiphaine has positioned it self as an ”incontournable” (essential) estate to discover to understand the wines of the Loire Valley.