Chenin Blanc makes up the vast majority of Stéphane and Séverine's 50 hectares of sustainably farmed vineyards in the Loire Valley. Their majority of Chenin Blanc is grown in the south of the Loire Valley, where the vines are low yielding and are on a base of some of the finest schist soils to be found in the region. The vines average 40 years old and are low yielding, providing concentration. The misty mornings combined with dry sunny days create the perfect conditions for noble rot, which consumes the water from the grapes leaving a rich concentration of sugar, flavour and acidity in the berries.
On the nose: An exquisite sweet wine with aromatic notes of exotic fruits and dried apricot.
On the palate: Underpinned by fresh acidity which beautifully balances the richness of fruit. Mineral overtones add complexity through to a long, persistent finish.
Food pairing: Apricot tart
Cheese pairing: Colston Bassett Stilton
Producer: Domaine des Forges
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Region: Loire Valley