LE DOMAINE DES FINES CAILLOTTES
|Five generations of winemakers to serve you....
At the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 1900s, Louis Pabiot, a winemaker at Les Loges, cultivated about 6 "quarters" of vines as they used to say at that time. A "quarter" was equal to 20 ares, (a ½ hectare of vines). This may seem a very small surface but needless to say all the work was performed manually, and in any event Louis Pabiot could not afford to buy a horse.
Around 1910, Gaston Pabiot, Louis' son, began to work the vine on a small surface as well, but he was slowly going to increase it. Later, he would buy a horse with his brother to reduce costs and eventually each would have his own horse. Gaston then chose to work with donkeys. In the 1950s he had three for an estate of 3 hectares near the village of Les Loges.
Jean Pabiot, Gaston's son and Louis' grandson, was 14 years old in 1944 when he began to work the vine. He would also do all the work manually. Even with donkeys to pull the plows, they had to be guided, pushed and led…. In 1958, he bought his first straddler-tractor and for the next 20 years he witnessed the progressive mechanization of most vine labor (except for pruning) completely transforming the winemaker's life for the better.
A member of the next generation, Alain, after completing his studies in viticulture and oenology, arrived at the estate in 1978 which was then comprised of 7 hectares. New vines were planted progressively until the estate grew to its current 29 hectare surface.
In June 2004, Alain's son, Jérôme , began working at the estate after completing his studies in viticulture, oenology, and the wine business....