abrice Gasnier’s great-grandfather founded the family farm with 7.4 acres of vines at the beginning of the 20th century. In those days, Aimé Gasnier also cultivated barley and corn, as well as raising cattle, sheep and pigs. Aimé’s son Hubert took over in 1935, and during WWII, a period when food was in short supply and red wine was often used as a substitute, he increased the domaine’s vine holdings to 42 acres. In 1966, Jacky Gasnier, Fabrice’s father, converted the domaine entirely to the vine monoculture, planting parcels formerly used for pasture and grains.
Today, fourth-generation Fabrice Gasnier and his wife Sandrine oversee 25 hectares of mostly old-vine Cabernet Franc planted on varying combinations of Chinon’s chalk, gravel, sand and clay soils in and around the village of Cravant-lès-Côteaux. Fabrice joined his father with the harvest of 1990 and by 2000 had begun converting the domaine’s vineyard practices to organic (certified by Ecocert a few year later). Soon thereafter, he began implementing the principles and prescriptions of biodynamics, and later adopted that disciplined culture for all of his vine parcels. In 2009, Domaine Gasnier was certified Biodynamic by Demeter. That same year, the domaine made its debut in La Revue du Vin de France’s annual Classement of The Best Wines of France.