Six generations of the Blondelet family have upheld the winemaking tradition at Pouilly-sur-Loire. Annick Tinel took over the estate from her parents in 1983. She has furthered the tradition on the best terroirs of the Sancerre and Pouilly appellations incorporating today's techniques while respecting the terroir and creating authentic wines. It's a family history lasting six generations and why not a seventh generation with her daughter Marlene.
Annick and Marlene Tinel
A winegrower family for more than 400 years.
Annick Tinel-Blondelet took over the Estate from her parents, Camille & Fernand, in 1983. She represents the 12th generation of winegrowers in the family.
Indeed, the story would have begun with Guillaume Blondelet, winegrower at Chaulgnes, at the end of the XVIth century. Regarding Camille, the tracks of the first winegrowers in the family go back to 1650s with Louis Figeat.
The Estate in Fernand’s days.
More than 50 years ago, Fernand Blondelet was cultivating a few hectares of vines in the heart of Pouilly sur Loire, in addition to his other agricultural and farming endeavors. Over time, he decided to focus his activity exclusively on viticulture. He became the first to open a wine-tasting cellar, « A la Cave du Vigneron », along the famous Nationale 7. The cellar exists to this day.
Later, he took the opportunity to buy some plots of vines in Thauvenay, a village close to Sancerre. Thanks to this acquisition it was possible to work on a new appellation: “Sancerre”. Today, this vineyard remains a very valuable one for the estate.
This 15 hectares (37 acres) vineyard is divided into 3 parcels in Sancerre and 16 parcels in Pouilly:
- 9.5 hectares: Pouilly-Fumé, on limestone soils and kimmeridgian marls (oyster shells fossils)
- 0.5 hectares: Pouilly-sur-Loire
- 4 hectares:Sancerre, "Les Blancs Gateaux", on limestone and silicious soils.
Annick Tinel focuses on the quality of the vineyard to obtain the optimum maturity of the grapes. She combines the use of modern techniques (pneumatic press, thermo-regulator, etc) with traditional vinfication methods to give richness and aromatic complexity to the wines.
The total production averages 8,000 cases per year and she exports 60%.