Rouchefer Blanc, Mosse
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Organic

Rouchefer Blanc, Mosse - 2021

Item # 14484 750mL

Agnès and René Mosse live and work in the village of St-Lambert-du-Lattay, in the Coteaux-du-Layon area of Anjou. This comes from a massale selection of chenin blanc vines planted in 1976 on gravel, schist and quartz-based soils. Barrel-fermented & aged.

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Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.


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The village of St-Lambert-du-Lattay, part of the Coteaux-du-Layon in Anjou, is home to Angès and René Mosse, former wine bar/retailer owners turned vignerons who studied viticulture under the likes of Christian Chaussard and Thierry Puzelat. They currently work with 17 hectares, primarily made up of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, working the grapes with organic and biodynamic methods. All of their white wines go through full malolactic and barrel fermentations in older oak as not to impart any flavors. Le Rouchefer is a small 1.66 hectare vineyard of all Chenin Blanc planted in 1976. Mosse creates a hazy golden wine, teeming with notes of hazelnut, quince, soft hay, mandarin orange, lemon curd, and ginger. Medium-bodied with softer, supple acid, future iterations of this single plot will be spectacular but it drinks lovingly today.

- JOS

Glossary

Loire

There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

Anjou

At the far western end of the Loire Valley lies the town of Angers, for which the region of Anjou is named. The wines of this region enjoyed great fame throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, when wine production was dominated by the white varietals Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Then, when phylloxera wiped out most of these plantings, the area was replanted with a large proportion of Cabernet Franc, as well as smaller plots of Grolleau, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay. Today, Anjou is most famous...

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly adopted winemaking technologies have helped a dedicated group of producers to bring the country's dry...

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