Anjou Blanc "Les Saules de Montbenault", Ch. de Bois-Brinçon
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Anjou Blanc "Les Saules de Montbenault", Ch. de Bois-Brinçon - 2014

Item # 42217 750mL
$56.96/ Single Bottle
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Production Methods




Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

Les Saules de Montbenault comes from an .80 ha plot of chenin blanc grown on volcanic rock. Vine density in this vineyard is key, resulting in roughly 20 hectoliters per ha - miniscule. After an 8-10 hour long press cycle, the must is racked to 400L casks where the wine remains, sur lie, until bottling.

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Staff Pick Notes

Chenin Blanc with a bit of age on it is really something special. While this bottle is not old by any means, a few years have really set this wine on the right path. The author of this oenological Bildungsroman has some assistance, with old vines on fantastic volcanic soils. Xavier Cailleau is a fifth generation winemaker, but the domaine is much older than that. It was started in 1219, and was taken from the Church during the Revolution. The complexity of this Anjou Blanc is marvelous. Dry, aging honey, herbaceousness, and a saline/savory character all cry out for some fine food to go with this. Roast chicken, monkfish, and herbed root vegetables would all go quite nicely.

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Chenin Blanc

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