Loire Valley, France
Jean Guillaume Caplain
Sauvignon Balnc, Gamay, Merlot, Cot, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
After years of working as a documentary film maker living with First Nations in northern Canada, Caplain made the move to the French countryside to breath life into a forgotten estate in the Cher Valley. He studied at Universite du Vin in the Rhone Valley, after which he trained at Phillie Tessier's estate in Cheverny. In 2011 he planted Pinot noir, with source material coming from Tessier and Herve Villemade. 2017 saw the first releases of Peaux Rouges, with merely 3000 bottles. Since that vintage, Caplain has complemented his home vineyard with the addition of a 1.5 hectare plot of Gamay and Cot in the Touraine, an exquisite block of his neighbor's Sauvignon Blanc, and some purchased fruit from Ardeche. Since day one Capalin has used zero sulfur and organic farming methods resulting in wines that are highly drinkable with an undeniable energy to them.