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Producer: Domaine du Petit MétrisGrape Varieties: 100% Chenin BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Complex rich yet dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A wild white wine gem from the Loire Valley.
A wonderful example of wild Chenin Blanc with real minerality and restrained fruit. Medium-bodied with classic honeyed and almond aromas, the palate has a rich, lush texture with clean flavours of green apples, pears, cardamom and marzipan. It is complex and refreshing with good length on the finish, serious food wine.
The Renou family have been at this domaine just outside of St Aubin de Luigné since 1742 and is now managed by sixth-generation Pascal and Herve Renou. Their vineyards cover 30 hectares in the appellations of Savennieres, Chaume and Quarts de Chaume.
In The Vineyard
The vineyards cover 30 hectares with 72% Chenin Blanc, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Grolleau and some Gamay and Chardonnay. The yields are extremely low, the grapes are picked and sorted several times in order to keep only the best berries to produce the wine. The vineyards are ideally situated facing south and south -west, along a well sheltered slope with the primary rock close to the surface with a shallow top soil.
In The Winery
La Fougeraie and Clos de la Marche are the two Savennières vineyards and they are vinified separately in order to retain and express each vineyard’s own character. The wine was aged on its lees for 8 months, 50% in stainless steel tanks and 50% in oak barrels.
Roast chicken, grilled chicken with a creamy morel sauce, crab salad and goats cheese.
Awards & Press
2010 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 - Gold
2009 Vintage: Farm Competition Paris 2011 - Silver
2010 Vintage: " 'Very pure on the nose, with pear and crystalline ginger, this has a velvety texture, and laserlike minerals - a gorgeous Chenin,' said Winetec's Tim Wildman MW. 'With its lightly honeyed nose, strudel aromas and delicate balance between ripeness and an attractive bitter edge, this is serious food wine,' said team leader Angela Reddin." Sommelier Wine Awards 2013, Judges Comments Selection Guide Hachette des Vins 2012
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