A little History
To go a little bit more into details, Rodolphe and Ludivine, brother and sister, represent the 4th generation of the family domain.
Before us, succeeded Gérard DELAUNAY, our great-grandfather, maternal side. At that time, he grew vines but also lands.
Jean MARTEAU, our grandfather, lived pass 92 years old !
He is the one who started developing the Domain, at first with bulk sales. It is him too who has built part of the wine cellar attached, at that time, to his living house.
Jean Marteau, at harvest time !
Then, Jacky MARTEAU, having worked on the family Domain for a few years, takes over the business in 1977. He will develop the sales in bottles. By 1985, he will begin export sales, helped by our mother, Brigitte. Thanks to them both, after more than 30 years, the domain has have acquired a beautiful quality image, Sauvignon Blanc being our specialty with more than 60 % sold in exportation. For more than 4 years now, Jacky Marteau is enjoying his retirement time, even though, he likes to help us from time to time, as wine grower never really retires!
Rodolphe and Ludivine MARTEAU : Brother and sister, we both studied viticulture and oenology at the Wine-making High school of Amboise, from 1999 till 2003. Then, apart from each other, we "drifted" away to experience and experiment life !
Rodolphe moreover spent almost one year in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He started working on the family Domain from September, 2004. He has been handling the winemaking since then.
After Amboise, I (Ludivine) studied two more years in Angoulême, country of the Cognac, a degree in sales/management of Drinks, Wines and spirits. To improve my English, I spent one year in the United States, then almost one year too in Israel. Experiences away from the wine environment but always very interesting ! Further to the death of our mother in 2007 who managed all the administrative, sales and logistics in the estate, I came back and started working on the Domain in July 2008.
After a few years on the side of our parents, this is quite naturally that my brother and I took over the family business, on February the 1st, 2010. We thus are heading, in 2014, to our fifth vintage solo!