Women in Wine and Spirits: Marie Thibault

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Despite not coming from a family with a winemaking background, Marie Thibault pursued degrees in biology and oenology, and started making wine in the early 2000s. She developed a fondness for Chenin Blanc while working at François Chidaine in Montlouis. In 2011, she established her own 3.5-hectare domaine in the Touraine appellation’s lesser-known Azay-le-Rideau region.

Her vineyard, situated on a gentle, windy slope with white clay and limestone soil, is distinct from the plateau-like terrain of the other vineyards in Azay-le-Rideau. Although it was a new beginning for Marie, she had more than a decade of winemaking experience and strong relationships with many growers in the area, including Noëlla Morantin and Frantz Saumon. She adopted organic farming practices immediately in 2011 and produced her first certified vintage in 2014. Marie exudes passion and energy, but she’s also humble, continually striving to progress and improve year after year. Marie Thibault’s wines are powerful and bold, and they require one or two years of aging after bottling to show their best, with the potential to age for a considerable time.

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