The Mourat Family has been farming grapes here in the southwestern part of the Loire Valley for nearly 150 years. It wasn't until 1974 that Jean Mourat created what would become the estate vineyard today. His son, Jeremie, became winemaker in 2000 and now enjoys a reputation as one of the best in the Loire.
It was when Jeremie took over that the estate began converting to organic farming. It is not an easy task. The first thing one must do is change the mindset of the workers. They must be weaned off of grabbing a spray or powder to fix a problem. Now, they must research which benign bug they must introduce to the vineyard to prey on the bug that is a problem. They must research and plant cover crops that takeover the weeds that steal the water and nutrients from the vines yet don't create the same problems. It's quite challenging, but necessary.
The Loire Valley doesn't have the big reputation of France's other appellations like Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rh?ne, and Alsace. But, it is no less imposing. At one time it was the most popular wine appellation for Parisians, but only because it was just a day's carriage ride away; trains and trucks changed all that.
Chenin Blanc is one of its most famous grapes and for good reason. Without question, the Loire produces the greatest Chenin in the world. No area can claim the copious amounts of pineapple, guava, kiwi, and quince. Any food, any time with any Loire Chenin is heavenly. Mourat is one of the best.