In Maine-et-Loire, at Clos-d’entre-les-Murs, the most curious vineyard in France

On the plateau of Parnay (Maine-et-Loire), where the vines form like a green ocean on which sail some of the most beautiful wines of the region, hides an unknown jewel of French viticulture: the Clos d’Entre -the walls. A 0.56 hectare plot in the Saumur Blanc appellation, planted in 1894 and listed as a historic monument since 2011. It is the work of a pioneer of the Saumur vineyards, Antoine Cristal (1837-1931), a former hosier converted to age 50, gruff and awesome.

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