Louis Dressner Selections - Wine Importer
Touraine from Clos Roche Blanche.
Didier Barrouillet and Pif in the vines.


Touraine, a Loire Valley appellation, designates a large viticultural area around the city of Tours. The vineyards of Clos Roche Blanche were planted on the Touraine hills bordering the Cher river by the Roussel family at the end of the 19th century and have remained in the family since. Catherine Roussel took over this 28-hectare estate (which has progressively and intentionally been downsized to 9 hectares) in 1975 from her father, and was later joined by Didier Barrouillet, who tends the vineyards and makes the wine. Both are enthusiastic proponents of non-interventionist winemaking.


This interview with Didier Barouillet took place in the Clos Roche Blanche living room in June, 2011.


These pretty pictures were taken at Clos Roche Blanche in July, 2013.

Photos by John Kafarski and Jules Dressner.


A.O.C Touraine "Sauvignon N2"