Domaine aux Moines Savennieres-Roche aux Moines Chenin Blanc 1999 (Sustainable) (750ML)

Domaine aux Moines Savennieres-Roche aux Moines Chenin Blanc 1999 (Sustainable) (750ML)

9.6 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on hillsides along the Loire River. South and southwest facing. The Soil is Schist with sandstone and clay. Organic. Yields are kept extremely low, usually around 30 h/h, and all work is done by hand including the harvest which occurs slowly over a few weeks (5-6 "tries" or pickings). Fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Aged in a combo of tank and cask (220 and 400-liter, mostly used), with usually 65-75% tank and the rest wood.

The estate was founded in 1981, though there are records of vineyards planted in the region since the middle ages when the monks ("moines" in French) from the Abbaye de St Nicolas tended vines in the area. It is now run by the energetic mother and daughter team of Monique and Tessa Laroche. The estate comprises 9.6 Ha of Chenin Blanc and .8 Ha Cabernet Franc. The vineyards are all south and southwest facing hillsides and abut the famed Coulee de Serrant in the sub-appellation of "Roche Aux Moines".

Savennieres is located on the Western edge of the Anjou region in the Loire valley, not far from the city of Angers. The vineyards are located on hillsides along the Loire river. The proximity to the river helps to temper the cold of the region as well as encourage ripeness and protect against springtime frosts. The soils in Savennières are predominantly schists with some sandstone and clay. They tend to produce a flinty, drier style Chenin Blanc that can age for a long time.

The estate has always taken a natural approach in their vineyard work and cellar practices. Since the beginning, they practiced "lutte raisonnée" (sustainable agriculture), though are officially in conversion to Organic certification (Eco-cert) as of 2008.

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