Location, Soil and Climate

The vineyard around Nantes is situated in the West part of France, in the heart of the Loire Valley. It is a northern vineyard, which latitude is similar to the Champagne, Bourgogne and Alsace regions. It is bathed by the Loire river and the Atlantic ocean, what let it profit from an oceanic climate characterized by mild winters and rather dry summers.

In the south of the Loire river, near Nantes, two rivers, the Sèvre Nantaise and the Maine, shape the valleys and the hillsides where the vineyards are planted. LIEUBEAU vineyards are situated in the south of the Maine river. The rocks lining the river (Granite from Clisson, Granite from Château-Thébaud and Gneiss give each property a unique identity and a specific character to its wines.

Château de la Bourdinière, situated upstream of the Maine river, is characterized by a granitic soil. The Granite of Château-Thébaud is characterized by deep rifts that allow a lasting rooting of vine stocks. Château de l’Aulnaye stands on a gneiss subsoil. It overhangs the Maine river at the confluence with the Sèvre. Château de la Placelière and Domaine de la Fruitière property are adjacent. They benefit from a unique environment, a little away from the river. There is a sandy clay soil and the subsoil varies between crumbly gneiss and granite. Thanks to a small relief, made of more or less deep soil, their vineyard benefit from the best localization, alternating with other types of cultivated land. It is constituted of several enclosed vineyards, starting with Bel Abord, in front of the village of Saint Fiacre, then the vineyard spreads until the village of Château-Thébaud, which offers a magnificent view on the valley.