About Domaine de la Noblaie:
24-year-old Jerome Billard doesn’t make your father’s Chinon. After work at
both Château Petrus in Bordeaux and Dominus in California, two of the
world’s most prestigious estates, who would expect him to turn out Cabernet
Franc like anyone else in the area?
Domaine la Noblaie is one of the oldest family estates in the Chinon
appellation. With 18 hectares of holdings on hillside vineyards in Ligré, the
property sits at almost the highest altitude in the entire AOC with commanding views over the river and the 600
year-old Chinon fortress. To say that Noblaie is a magical place doesn’t even come close to doing it justice.
The property is owned and run today by François Billard, an oenologist and former professor of viticulture. Many of
today’s hottest winemakers were his former students including the immensely-talented Vincent Ogereau. However,
after his son Jerome wrapped up the afore-mentioned internships in Bordeaux, California, and Australia, François
has handed over most of the winemaking responsibilities to his extremely able son.