Domaine des Closiers
Domaine des Closiers boasts some of the finest vineyard sites in Saumur, with sloped sites in each of Parnay’s distinct climats. Anatole de la Brosse acquired the estate in 2018 and immediately set out to capture the estate’s potential. He enlisted Michel Chevre (Clos de l’Ecotard / ex-Roches Neuves) to consult on bio-conversion and Nady Foucault (ex-Clos Rougeard) to advise on winemaking.
Domaine de Closiers is the vision of Anatole de la Brosse, who, prior to heading one of the world’s largest management consulting firms, had trained as an enologist. Eventually, Anatole decided to leave consulting and return to his first passion. He was able to acquire Domaine des Closiers. The estate’s name derives from the vineyard workers who once inhabited the ancient caves carved into its hillsides.
Because much of Saumur-Champigny is relatively flat, the wealth of slopes in Parnay, and Closiers in particular, sets it apart. This is especially true of the Les Coudraies climat, but extends to many of the estate’s holdings. The estate’s vines also average over 35 years of age, giving further credence to Anatole’s belief in Closiers’ potential.
To fully realize this potential, he enlisted two of the Loire Valley’s most celebrated names. The first, Michel Chevré, of Clos de l’Ecotard, earlier worked side-by-side with Thierry Germain as they developed a pioneering biodynamic regime. Michel has helped develop a similar program tailored to Closiers’ diverse terroirs, and the domaine has been in organic conversion since 2020 (Ecocert). The second name is even better known: Nady Foucault, who, with his late brother Charly, made Clos Rougeard one of the towering icons of French wine. Nady’s wealth of experience helped guide Closiers’ winemaking team from the beginning, and the wisdom of that decision became readily apparent with the inaugural 2019 vintage.