Provignage is the name given to the technique used originally to propagate the vines, by layering a branch and covering it with soil. In 1998, a winegrower living nearby, sold his 4-ha vineyard to Marionnet, of which, a 0.36 ha parcel was meant to be “very old”. The expertise proved that the vines were Romorantin and were in fact planted around 1850, prior to the Phylloxera that swept through France in 1870. The wine is living history. This golden wine brings to mind apples, pears and white flowers, but also dried fruits, minerals and honey. The combined length, richness and complexity is fabulous – it is difficult to imagine this originates in the Loire and comes from vines planted by people who were born whilst Napoleon was ruling France. Eric Asimov wrote of this wine: The wine itself was astonishing: mellow, yet intense and alive in the mouth with a chewy, almost oily texture that reminded me of the wonderful wines of Didier Dagueneau. It was full of citrus and mineral flavors and went beautifully with a dish of curried cabbage. ...This wine displays the purity of its terroir, made up of gravel and flint. Like all non-grafted vines, its palate is full with pear, quince, white flower, honey and hazelnut aromas.