Luc Poullain bought Domaine des Echardières and its 16 hectares of vines as a going concern in 2000. He was 30 years old at the time. An interesting career path, he’d studied as an agricultural engineer in Bedfordshire in the early 1990s (which rather explains his excellent grasp of the English language), before returning to France to sell, ironically, chemicals to the wine industry.
Although the cellar is situated in the village of Pouillé, the majority of the vines are located on what is referred to as the Premier Côte above the neighbouring commune of Angé. Split almost equally white and red, there are seven hectares of Sauvignon, planted on two different soil types and vinified apart. There are also plantings of the usual Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Côt (Malbec).