After a fairytale visit to the Château de Boisairault last winter, we are very happy to share our second release of thrilling Loire Valley wines from Baptiste Cousin’s Le Batossay.
Baptiste is the fourth generation of vignerons to tend his family’s vineyards around the village of Martigné-Briand in Anjou. The son of legendary paysan Olivier Cousin, it is little surprise that he has continued the family’s tradition of tending this land with great care and producing pure, soulful wines of real vigour.
Growing up in the vines, Baptiste worked for several years learning alongside his father and has been making his own wines for the past decade.
Today he and his wife Gael farm four and half hectares of old vines planted amongst fruit trees and forests over three parcels. The terroir varies between quartz, schist, loam, clay and limestone and having been in the family for many years, the majority of the vines have never been subjected to chemicals. Positively teeming with life, they are amongst the most beautiful vineyards we have seen.
Using the simplest of tools and techniques, Baptiste produces nourishing wines of rare purity. Built on a backbone of pristine fruit, they speak highly of his family’s farming tradition and possess a remarkable sense of place.
Baptiste’s wines are now available on Tutto a Casa