Domaine La Grange Tiphaine is a wine producer located in the Loire Valley, France, known for its organic and biodynamic approach to producing high-quality wines. Their wines express the terroir of the Loire Valley and are appreciated for their authenticity and distinctive character.
The property is situated in the commune of Amboise, in the heart of the region, which is renowned for its long winemaking tradition.
Domaine La Grange Tiphaine is managed by the Buisson-Bizot family, who have been dedicated to viticulture for several generations. Currently, the property is led by Damien and Coralie Delecheneau, who took over the family business in 2002.
The estate has around 12 hectares of vineyards where they cultivate a variety of grapes, including Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Gamay. They believe that respect for the terroir and the environment is fundamental to producing authentic and high-quality wines.
The winery produces a wide range of wines, including dry whites, sparkling wines, light reds, and fuller-bodied reds. Each wine is carefully crafted with attention to detail, from grape selection to the vinification process.
After studying biology, Coralie almost ended up in the beer industry (perhaps due to her childhood in Alsace), but a postgraduate degree (DESS) in Champagne winemaking in Reims, followed by a DNO (National Oenology Diploma) in Bordeaux, brought her back on the right path. When they both returned to Amboise in 2002, Coralie chose to work at the Viticultural High School, where she is responsible for promoting and marketing the school's wines. She brings energy, freshness, and a crucial feminine touch to the project.
Although immersed in the world of wine from an early age, Damien initially wanted to be a pilot(!). However, wine captured him, and it was in the vineyard that he finally chose to express himself. After meeting in Bordeaux during their studies at the DNO, Damien interned at Domaine Verret in Irancy, Domaine Laroche in Chablis, Domaine Lafon-Rochet in St Estèphe, and Clos Pégase in Napa Valley. Finally, he found Coralie in South Africa. Upon returning to Amboise, the adventure began with the 2002 harvest, followed by taking over the estate and restructuring it towards terroir-based viticulture with a greater respect for nature. It was a true turning point! Damien teaches at the Amboise viticulture school as well as at the IUT of Tours. Whether as a professor or winemaker, Damien is driven by the need to progress, share, and transmit - values that inspire him every day.
Vinification is done in a traditional manner, with natural fermentation and minimal intervention.
"Clef de Sol (treble clef): these three words summarize the philosophy of the estate. The accurate interpretation of our Touraine-Amboise and Montlouis-sur-Loire terroirs remains our goal, harvest after harvest. Transcribing the origin of each of our red, white, and rosé wines as faithfully as possible requires rigor, observation, humility, and precision.
This desire to reveal all the nuances of our estate means that we leave as little as possible for nature to express itself.
We work throughout the year to produce beautiful fruit, then we let the wine evolve, taking care to preserve its original precision and purity.
We have been practicing biodynamic viticulture for several years and decided to take a step further by officially requesting BIODYVIN certification in 2014. This working method is based on the balance between the vineyard and its environment, stimulating and intensifying the organic life of the soil, strengthening the vitality and resistance of the plants with specific preparations.
For us, this total attention to everything that surrounds us during a harvest is the starting point for creating wines that are to our liking: precise, delicate, elegant, and, above all, wines that make you want to drink them."
It all began in 2002, but it wasn't until 2008 that Damien and Coralie took over the project completely. Damien, along with two employees (Mathieu and Jean-Rémy), oversee all the work related to wine production, from pruning to harvesting, and in the cellar, from vinification to bottling. Coralie is responsible for all the administrative and commercial aspects and does a little bit of everything: accounting, communication, recruitment, labeling, order preparation, and above all, promoting the wines from the estate in France and around the world.
"Exchanges, agreements, disagreements, compromises: this four-handed work pushes us forward and enhances all the work done at La Grange Tiphaine."
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