Situated in the village of Chavignol, Domaine Thomas-Labaille is blessed with 11 hectares of prime Sancerre real estate including a large proportion of old vines and a plot on the famous Monts Damnés vineyard.
When Jean-Paul Labaille took over from his father-in-law the winery was known for producing a somewhat ‘old- school’ style of Sancerre – quite ripe and rounded with lots of barrel ageing. Since taking the reins Jean-Paul has made minor changes and tidied up the cellar but the wines remain true to the heritage of the domaine. Work in the vines here is all manual and conducted without the routine use of herbicide or pesticides. Jean- Paul has continued many of the wine making traditions of his father-in-law, meaning the wines are still distinctive with real texture and body at the top end of the range. In the cellar a combination of stainless steel, inox, concrete and 3- to 5-year-old barrels are used, with the cuvées from Monts Damnés spending time in oak to allow the wines to breathe and evolve on the lees. In many ways Domaine Thomas-Labaille represents a glimpse into the past of this famous region, producing wines with a personal, hand crafted feel that are distinct from the homogenous style of many other Sancerres. The top wines can age for many years with their rich, layered nature and subtle, complex aromas.