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Domaine des Forges, 'St. Aubin' Coteaux du Layon 2015
France / Dessert

Domaine des Forges, 'St. Aubin' Coteaux du Layon 2015

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Earth

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Sweetness

Domaine des Forges has been run by the Branchereau family since 1890. The domaine, now in the hands of Stéphane Branchereau and his wife Séverine, spreads over 47 ha of vineyards: a little Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, some Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and 27 ha of Chenin Blanc. 

Grass is allowed to grow between the rows in order to avoid erosion and improve the health of the soil. Preventive health techniques are used, such as ébourgeonnage (the removal of unwanted new vine shoots) and effeuillage (the removal of old leaves). No herbicides or pesticides are used.

100% Chenin Blanc from 40 year old vines grown on schisteous soil with clay and sand. Aromas of citrus (grapefruit) along with tropical notes of pineapple. On the palate, dry apricots, figs, dates. A great wine to drink young (within 3 years) or after the 8th year, as it tends to shut down between the 4th and 8th year. 

Country
France
Sub-Region
Coteaux du Layon
Region
Loire
Varieties
Chenin Blanc
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Schist, clay, sand
Winemaking
The grapes are hand harvested at overripeness through several passes, and picked with botrytis.