Our estate was created in 1869 by Mr. Pierre Guyot.His son-in-law Jules Lamé, from a very poor family, took advantage of the phylloxera crisis to develop small-scale farming, being one of the first to graft the vines in our region and trade them.
Photo taken in 1920. Jules Lamé, Marie Guyot and the little Lucien Lamé
Little by little, the vine has gained the upper hand over the other productions, market gardening and fruit trees.
From one war to another, dearly paid in our family, (4 years for Jules Lamé seriously wounded in 1915 and 5 years for his son Lucien from 1939 to 1945, prisoner of war in Germany) the domain evolved.
Jules Lamé in the year 1914
Lucien Lamé in the year 1940
Lucien had married Yvonne Delisle in August 1938, a year later it was the long start to the war.Until 1945 it was Yvonne, helped by her in-laws, who continued to maintain the estate.
Yvonne in the vines, harvest 1942.
After returning from captivity in 1945, and after serious health problems inherited from his captivity, Lucien and Yvonne decided for the vintage of 1947 to bet on bottling their entire crop and sell it themselves.
Harvest 1947 with grandfather Jules Lamé, grandmother Marie, Yvonne and Lucien.
Indeed previously the wine was sold in bulk to traders.It is therefore 10,000 bottles delivered in bulk in a wagon parked in Saint Patrice, and repatriated in cart to the estate, which will be bottled with the vintage 1947. It was certainly at that time a memorable operation.
Independent winegrower since 1947
This decision is the great upheaval of the history of our field .Indeed at the time all winegrowers sold the bulk of their harvest to traders.On the other hand, starting from scratch we had to find customers.And it took a few years, so when the business really started the winery was full of the three wonderful vintages 1947, 1948, 1949 which for a start helped well.
Lucien Lamé presents an old bottle covered in moss
It was also necessary to create a label with a vineyard name.One might have thought that Lucien Lamé was, but they decided together to associate their two surnames "Lamé-Delisle" proof for the time of a true progressive spirit. Domaine "Lamé Delisle" from 1947 to 1965
Thanks to numerous medals obtained during this period and with a real commercial sense, the estate grew during this period to become exclusively wine-growing. Their only daughter, Maryvonne, born after the war in 1946, married in 1965 a young winemaker of the neighboring commune of Benais, René Boucard.Being the third child of the Boucard family it is quite natural that he joined his wife's exploitation to work with her and her in-laws.
Photo of the Boucard family at the Chanteleuserie in Benais, during the harvest of 1949. We see little Rene in short pants, near the dog.On his left is Marcel Boucard the grandfather and on the cart Raoul Boucard his father.
Before that, he also had to donate several months of his life in Algeria during the war of independence.
René Boucard in 1960 in Algeria
Appearance of the name Lame-Delisle-Boucard in 1969
With his wife and his in - laws, René set up a GAEC (Groupement Agricole d'Exploitation en Commun), the first in Indre et Loire.Thanks to the commercial work already carried out and to a high quality requirement in the vineyards and in the winemaking, the estate went from 13 hectares to 28 hectares in 30 years.Word of mouth between customers plus a few high-performing sales agents have made it possible in 30 years to have a large number of customers private wine merchants and especially restaurateurs.
It was at this time in 1974 that they built a large cellar for wine making and wine breeding.During this period of great vintage are produced especially the 1976
In the photo (from left to right), Lucien and Yvonne Lamé, René and Maryvonne Boucard and Philippe.
Arrival of the fifth generation René and Maryvonne had two children. Both of them "bathed" from childhood in the world of wine naturally followed wine studies.Philippe born in 1967 holds a BTS viti-oenology done in Bordeaux and Stéphanie born in 1971 holds a national diploma in oenology made in Monptellier.
Philippe joined the farm in 1990, accompanied by his wife Patricia.From that time and because of the serious health problems of Maryvonne, Patricia immediately resumes the commercial and accounting part and it is it today that you will have on the telephone.
Stéphanie joined the farm in 1999, accompanied by her husband Eric Degaugue, himself a son of a vine grower in Restigné.Eric has a training as a mechanic, which in our trade is very useful.
Stéphanie, Philippe, Eric at the Loire Wine Fair in Angers
Patricia at the office
Today René and Maryvonne are retired, but they are not far from exploitation.It is a profession that is made by passion without being able to really abandon it.
The sixth generation is still a little young, but they are already experts in tasting grape juice.