Very old vines clinging to schist rubble, no soil to be found, facing directly south at the sun. In a very solar vintage, on a naturally low yielding vineyard, these grandfather Chenin Blanc vines produced tiny clusters of tiny raisin like berries, full of intensity. The delicate grapes were picked ultra carefully and lightly pressed, the sweet juice then sat in a couple of old oak barrels gently fermenting for 18 months until finally reaching dryness in its own time. The wine then rested further in barrel, then in tank, and was finally bottled and rested a further few years and is now beginning to come out of its shell. Golden, Honey, Bees Wax, Vanilla, Cedar, Cuban Cigar, Pine Forrest, intensely aromatic, full of vitality. A rare gem. - Charlie Simpson
In 2000, Loïc Mahé decided to make wine, and being a fan of Chenin Blanc, went straight for the top. He managed to buy a plot in what is perhaps the most highly prised Chenin Blanc appellation in the world, Savennières… only problem was, there were no vines in the ground! So he planted. Now reaching maturity, these are his treasures. He has also purchased different old vineyards around Savennières, including the perfectly situated Chateau la Franchaie, where he now vinifies all his wines.
Everything is about life and vines here. The domaine has been managed Biodynamically since the start, and winemaking is very instinctive, with the only additions being minimal doses of SO2. Loïc makes Chenin Blanc of remarkable power, richness and flavor. There is a lot of complexity in the glass, firmly in the golden honey style Chenin, but not missing that great and refreshing Biodynamic acidity to keep you sipping. - Importer Note
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