The Domaine Champeau is located in the town of Saint-Andelain and has been cultivating its 21 hectares of vines on different types of soil: siliceous clay, flinty clay, small oyster marl and clay-limestone for three generations, from father to son.
It was the paternal grandfather Léon Champeau who began operating the winery in 1942, and was later succeeded by his sons René and Christian. Today, Franck and Guy Champeau, two associated cousins, take care of the winery.
We produce about 140,000 bottles a year, which are highly appreciated and sold both in France and abroad. In Europe (England, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands...) for the most part, as well as in the United States.
We have been running our vineyard in a sustainable manner for several years. This is reflected in the regular and meticulous monitoring of our vines. We are committed to the vines and their cycle while remaining respectful of the fauna and our terroirs.
It is for that reason that our soils are being increasingly hoed with the help of under vine weeders in order to limit the use of weedkillers. We use organic fertilizer for our vines, which are produced on neighboring farms. We use grass cover between the rows to encourage the development of micro-organisms.
Our vines are grown on different soils, each with its own particularity; the clay-siliceous consists of a mixture of sand, clay and silt, these are acidic soils that produce light and fine wines.
The clay-limestone soils, on the other hand, are made up of a large quantity of white stones, these are draining soils, that are rapidly heated in spring, and usually allow an early ripening process.
The Kimmeridgian small oyster marls are soils composed of limestone pebbles and small oyster fossils, they tend to warm up over a longer period of time.
Lastly, flinty clay soils consist of white, brown or greenish clay mixed with flint, this soil has the capacity of storing and reflecting heat. It produces more mineral, sound and bright wines.