Mosse - 2018 Le Rouchefer
"When we started out, "natural wine", at least the way we speak of it today, did not exist. For us it was always about working organically in the vines. We never intervened in the cellar either. We work the vines organically and biodynamically: no chemicals, no herbicides and we work the soils. For me working as well as you can in the vineyard and not intervening in the cellar is the ONLY way to make exceptional wine. If you ask me I'll tell you it's wine made as naturally as possible." – René, of Domaine Mosse
As you can see, the Mosse family are meticulous when it comes to farming and winemaking. René and Agnes have been farming their plot in Anjou since 2001, but their sons are just as invested and will likely take over in the coming years. Pineau d'Aunis, Chenin and Cab Franc are the stars of this region. The Le Rouchefer is a pure Chenin Blanc that comes from a small parcel of gently sloping, southwest facing land that extends over 1.66 hectares with clay and gravel (studded with quartz) sitting on schist. The grapes are hand harvested and meticulously sorted before slow pressing, then the wine is aged in old barrels for 12 months. There is a tiny bit of residual sugar in this wine which adds to its charming attitude.
Elegant, complex; for lovers of rich, lustrous Chenin.
Varietal Chenin Blanc || Region Anjou, France || ABV 14% || Vol 750mL