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Frédéric Sigonneau

Fred is an ardent history buff, but in the end, it was in wine where found his calling. After three years of viticulture studies, he decided to set sail for Spain and the region of Ribera del Duero. Fuelled by friendships, new meetings, and stories shared, Fred is a man of sincerity and spirit, who fills his every day with passion. 

In 2004, he finally returned to Cravant where took over the family vineyard, the beginning of a vast undertaking. Fred was determined to farm like his elders had in the 1950s, before the advent of chemical treatments. And with time, his vines regained their equilibrium... naturally. Even if it means more constraints and lower yields, Fred remains perfectly content with his chosen approach to winegrowing: biodynamics.

The estate is located on the right bank of the Vienne, and today is composed of 8 hectares, with vines around 60 years old. A parcel of Chenin was also planted in 2015, with the first harvest expected in the 2018-2019 vintage.

Fred often produces his wines without sulphur, such as his SO2 cuvée, which he describes as, “A wine without sulphur, a liberated wine, a wine in which everything comes into play, which interacts with the living …”. As you’ve surely understood by now, Fred is a true rock ’n’ roll vigneron – a man whose passion impassions us.

Frédéric Sigonneau

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