Eric Morgat is a handsome young vigneron whose family own Chateau de Breuil in the Layon.
Eric is representative of a number of growers from the Layon who, since the 1990s, have been either renting or purchasing land in Savennières.
Aged 25, he bought two hectares of existing vineyards (Domaine de la Monnaie) and made his first wine in 1995.
At this time there were only six producers in the whole appellation, but with this renewed interest, vineyard plantings have now nearly tripled to 200 hectares.
Eric Morgat now has five hectares in production, which he works intensively, de-budding and de-leafing to keep yields well below the rendement at around 30hl/ha.
Adopting la lutte raisonnée, Eric prefers to use techniques like homeopathic sprays and cover crop to minimise the use of chemicals