2019 Poil de Lievre Chenin Blanc
For seventh generation vigneron Sebastien Bobinet and Emeline Calvez, biodiversity and non-interventionist winemaking is the kernel of their practice – 'Producing wine without destroying nature or harming mankind, using the simplest and healthiest means.' The duo have played an important hand in the revitalisation of Saumur-Champigny and making the region the first AOC in France to collectively decide on the reduction of chemical treatments, championing the holistic preservation of the region's terroir. The couple's tiny 2 hectares is farmed organically with the help of horse-drawn plows, and in the winery everything is done labour-intensively by hand.
Their 2019 Chenin is from two plots of Chenin, including one aged over 80 years old with very low yields. Grapes were hand picked and pressed directly to old wood, then aged on lees for 4 months. No added sulphur at any stage. Scents of meadow flowers, apple, pear and almond take you to an idyllic scene, where the cool breeze affectionately nips your bare skin tempered by the warm bite of the beating sun. Fresh and generous, the palate is round and stretched by a beautiful stoney minerality that characterises the Saumur terroir so well.