A estate

A historical estate

Since 928

History of the estate

We, Claire and Olivier Lecomte, are currently the fourth generation working and managing the estate of the Château de Passavant. The estate evolved generation after generation. The history started with Jules Falloux in 1900 who bought the castle with the money earned in his first company. Before his career as a winegrower, he founded, with his brothers, a flourishing company of uprooting and planting vines all over the region, during the phylloxera crisis. He got married with Marie Derouet who possessed vines in Passavant then he started the winery in the castle.

Then, their son Jean took the estate over and married Marie Bouyer. He grew the company and participated to the creation of the Cabernet d’Anjou guild named « Confrérie des Fins Gousiers d’Anjou » to promote the Cabernet d’Anjou in the country.

Their daughter Noëlle Falloux and her husband Jean David, took the estate over in 1965 and built the current cellar in 1975. The producing place changed (from the castle to the cellar) and the production evolved. Noëlle and Jean vinified white and red dry wines, designed for restauration. The vineyard increased from 20 ha to 40 ha. Noëlle and Jean turned the business to professional customers and set up partnerships based on loyalty and trust which are still alive nowadays.

Consant progression of the Estate

We took the estate over when Noëlle and Jean retired, with François David (Claire’s brother). The vineyard surface increased to 65 ha in 1996. We decided to convert the estate to organic production in 1998 and got certified in 2001. In the perspective of a future conversion to biodynamic agriculture we reduced the vineyard in 2005 from 65 ha to 55 ha. In 2007 we started the transition and got certified in biodynamic production in 2011.

François David resigned in 2013, Lucie Chéné became the winemaker of Château de Passavant. In 2021 we increased the surface of the estate with 15 ha of pastures whose for a part are classified in wine PDO. We set up a flock of 52 sheeps.

We are carrying on the company’s development, the wine range expansion and our future projection. Now we turn our interest to eco-pasture, agroforestry. We aspire to solve our present and future issues while keeping the coherence of our production philosophy.


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