2019 Le P'tit Blanc
"Christine and Joel Menard have been making wine in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon AOC for more than twenty years. Over the past few vintages they have welcomed their son Jeremy into the domaine to take care of the winemaking and the cellar. While the appellation is known for its sweet wines, Domaine des Sablonnettes have slowly cemented themselves as a key producer of some of the most expressive and interesting dry wines in the AOC today. They are seen by many as the secret superstars of the region. They lovingly tend to their 13 hectares of vines, which have been managed and certified by biodynamic methods since 2007. Healthy soils and balance in their ecosystem has always been at the heart of their winemaking, and with this in mind they produce an outstanding array of wines from Chenin Blanc, Grolleau, Gamay and Cabernet Franc.
Christine and Joel run their domain to very exacting standards and as a result they produce stunning natural wines. What makes them rare for the Coteaux du Layon AOC is they refuse to chaptalize their sweet wines and employ all natural yeast for fermentation. Their aim through all wines is to produce different cuvees that speak of terroir and vintage. All wines remain unfiltered and unfined, and in most cuvees zero sulphur additions are made. As a result their cuvees have come to be known as wild, eloquent wines that are both lively and energetic. The Sablonnette wines transcend the framework of what is commonly seen in this traditional appellation and each cuvee offers immense value and intrigue." – Importer notes
Their 2019 Chenin is ultra fresh and vibrant, beaming with white flowers, honeydew, almonds and green pear. Beautiful honeyed, savoury finish. Bottled with no SO2.
Variety Chenin Blanc || Region Loire Valley, France || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml