Emmanuel and Frederic Humbert took the reins of their family 6-hectare estate in 1989. They have been devoted to continuously improving the quality of their wines and remaining part of the Gevery-Chambertain community. It is here where they apply the combined knowledge and experience of their friends, family and neighbors with their own. The pair are complimentary to each other. Emmanuel is the driving force with unrelenting passion and dedication to the vines; Fredrick is the more reserved thoughtful type. Their methods put emphasis on manual labor and tending each vine, where ploughing and green harvesting are done with utmost care. The fruit undergoes a pre-fermentation soak to avoid over extraction of underripe tannins.
Thierry’s latest acquisition, the Clos de L'Echelier is a 2 ha Clos on which Thierry had his eyes set since he arrived in Saumur. He finally bought it in 2011. L'Echelier is a limestone rich vineyard that produces wonderful red wines and a small amount of distinctive whites. There is just 10 cm of top soil, a bit of sand and clay, then Turonian limestone; there is practically no soil to be seen, just rock.Olivier Poussier, the world’s top sommelier, called this cuvée the Chambolle- Musigny of the Loire. Only 1 gr of sulfites added at bottling
Frederic Pourtalier trained at Grange des Peres & Alain Graillot, and is now making great wine on the family property. Each parcel, (Grenache Galets Roulets, Grenache Calcaire, Syrah and Mourvedre) is vinified separately under indigenous yeasts, and the wine is then aged in one-to-three year-old barriques. It is dense, concentrated and powerful, yet can retain an almost Burgundian balance and complexity.