Grand Cru Selections

Domaine Andrée

Domaine Andrée

Stéphane Erissé, taken by Jean-Yves Bardin

Stéphane Erissé, taken by Jean-Yves Bardin

 
 

It is not an accident that in a relatively short amount of time Stéphane Erissé has been able to put together such a compelling range of wines from Saint-Georges-sur-Layon. Far from being a career winemaker, Stéphane was a builder for 15 years before he decided to switch gears in 2008. Fortunately for him, he knew exactly who to call for a wine apprenticeship. Stéphane spent the next three years under Antoine Foucault at Domaine du Collier and that being his only “experience” before setting out on his own, it deeply informs his approach.

The vineyard is a compact 3 hectares, chosen carefully to focus on a certain idea of wine. Purity, finesse, depth. Rather like the man himself, who is sensitive and precise both in his words and in his actions. When you taste his wines everything quivers. It is simultaneously a boisterous outpouring and a concentration of everything that a vine can draw from the terroir and the man who tends it. A tribute...
— Etienne Rigourd and Bernard Reeves, Anjou Untamed

When the time came to find vineyards, Stéphane selected three hectares from a grower who had been organic for over twenty-five years. Many of the parcels are of old vines. He also insisted on staying small, only working with three hectares, so he could have a direct connection to all of his farming.