La Desiree 2017

La Desiree 2017

La Grapperie

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COUNTRY
France
GRAPE
Chenin Blanc
IMPORTER
Jenny & François
REGION
Loire Valley
SIZE
750ml
WINE TYPE
White
WINEMAKER
Renaud Guettier

 

Renaud Guettier is a farmer who started the La Grapperie winery in 2004 with very little previous winemaking experience. Today, he works a bit more than 4-hectares of vines where everything is farmed according to organic principles and harvested by hand. Renaud was the first in the Coteaux de Loir AOC to plow his vineyards with a horse—where he spends countless meticulous hours. His vines are spread over 15 tiny plots that sustain a diversity of microclimates along the left bank of the Loire River. These plots enable Renaud to create a spectacular balance with his wines. The majority of his vines are Pineau d’Aunis, however, he also grows some Malbec (Côt), Gamay, Grolleau, and Chenin Blanc. Renaud’s wines are some of the most impressive and powerful wines being crafted in the Loire.

Age of vines: 40-100 years old

Yield: 25 Hectoliters/Hectare

Pruning Method: Gobelet

Soil: Clay and silex

Varieties: Chenin Blanc

Vinification notes: Grapes are manually harvested and destemmed. The wine is fermented in 228 liter barrels. It then ages in barrel for 60 months. The wine is not racked and there is no battonage. Zero added sulfur.