France: Loire Valley

Central Vineyards of the Loire

The wines of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and their neighbours
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2011
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Claude-Lafond
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Claude Lafond

Address: Le Bois Saint-Denis, 36260 Reuilly
Tel: 02 54 49 22 17  Fax: 02 54 49 26 64
Email: claude.lafond@wanadoo.fr
Web: www.claudelafond.com
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:5:27N (47.09074)    Longitude: 2:1:37E (2.02685) 

Claude Lafond is probably the most dynamic producer in the Quincy/Reuilly region. The estate was created by his father, André, in the 1960s when they had 2.5ha of vines. Today there are 15ha – 9ha of Sauvignon, 2.5ha of Pinot Gris used to make rosé and 3.5ha of Pinot Noir. In Reuilly Claude also runs the Domaine des Seigneurs which was set up in 1987 with 136 shareholders with the intention of revitalising the Reuilly appellation that had declined dramatically in area. Claude is also involved with the vineyard of Château Gaillard, which he and the château’s owner set up 1999. They have just under 2ha of Sauvignon and a tiny amount of Pinot Noir.

Useful information: Open Monday – Saturday 09.30–12.00 and 13.30–19.00 (18.00 from November - March). Sunday and public holiday visits by appointment only with Nathalie Lafond on 06 82 41 55 13 or nathalie.lafond@voila.fr. Group visits with meals are also possible by arrangement. English spoken.

 

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