From 25-year old vines on a clay-flint terroir. This dry wine is very fresh and pure on the nose, with delicate green apple and citrus oil aromas and a fine floral lift. The mouthfeel is bright, zippy and crisp with good concenration and grip and a nicely nervy finish. This is a perfect wine for those looking for something dry, zesty and fresh with a lovely saline finish. - Importer Note
Sébastien assumed control of his family domaine in 2006 following the untimely passing of his father, and has quickly become one of the Loire's fastest rising stars.
Sébastien's vines are quite spread out; he has 15 hectares in total, in the communes of Chançay, Reugny and Vernou-sur-Brenne. Many of the vineyards came to him from his late father with the balance owned by an uncle (his late father's brother) which he rents. Most of his parcels are planted on the traditional soils of clay and flint (Silex). He's best parcel is called 'La Folie' with 4.5 hectares of vines, some 50 years of age and a few as old as 80 years.
The work in the vineyard is organic but Sébastien has not applied for certification and appears uniterested to do so - he clearly has no interest in having his commitment to organic viticulture independently verified!
Grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the press using small trays. On arrival to the cellar they are sorted as they go into the press which is completed slowly and very gently. Depending on the wine, fermentation takes place using natural yeasts and no additives - either in steel tanks, or in a mix of older and newer 400-litre barrels. The élevage is short, and the wines are then lightly sulfured and lightly filtered before bottling the year following the harvest.
- Importer Note
|Product Type||Wine White Chenin Blanc|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|