In 1864, Alfred Gratien established his cellars in the old tuffeau limestone galleries of the Saumur hillside. Originally an excavation site, stones dug from these quarries by ‘perreyeurs’ from the 12th century onwards were used to build many of the region’s important monuments. At Gratien & Meyer, we age our Saumur and Cremant wines beyond the minimum legal requirements to allow the aromas to develop for as long as possible. Our exceptional-quality soils provide us with a large number of wines
with a Controlled Designation of Origin. The Loire helps to regulate the winemaking process, giving the region the famous “Anjou sweetness” celebrated by the poets Ronsard and du Bellay.