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12.5% | FRANCE

The effects of sun-drying and botrytis have produced an intensely aromatic wine. An amazing array of aromas; orange zest, acacia, pine and beeswax. A touch of salt, perhaps. An aromatic...
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The effects of sun-drying and botrytis have produced an intensely aromatic wine.

An amazing array of aromas; orange zest, acacia, pine and beeswax. A touch of salt, perhaps. An aromatic voyage!

Adherents of the lutte raisonnée philosophy vines are tended manually, with debudding and green harvesting to lower yields as well as leaf thinning and canopy management to maximise ripeness and maintain grape health in the humid climate of the Layon. Domaine de Petit Métris Chaume vineyard, a wide-open slope on stony clay soil, dates back to 1905. Botrytis affected grapes are harvested is by hand in several passes. Whole bunch fermentation and ageing in foudres prior to a light filtration before bottling.

Domaine du Petit Métris is a sixth-generation winery in Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné near Angers. The domaine’s oldest vineyard dates back to 1905 although the business has been producing wine since 1742 and acquired its first plot of land in 1830. Today, the domaine produces wines from 30 hectares of vineyards across several appellations including Crémant de Loire, rosés and reds from Anjou and Anjou Villages, through to haute de gamme appellations Savennières, Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. The vineyards comprise mainly Chenin Blanc, the remainder being Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, Gamay and Chardonnay. Pascal and Hervé Renou are the current generation of owners. With Pascal mainly in the vineyards and Hervé in the cellar, the brothers have sustained the domaine’s excellent reputation in France. Despite their modesty, Paul and Hervé are nonetheless gaining fame for their competence in the vineyard and the cellar and above all, the consistent quality of their wines. Domaine du Petit Métris favours physical intervention in the vineyard over reliance on chemical applications; canopy management includes spring pruning and de-budding as well as leaf thinning and green harvesting. The domaine has accreditation from both Vignerons Indépendants and Terra Vitis.

Good with citrus based fruit desserts or with sheeps cheese such as Brebis, and English Berkswell or a Pecerino. Or enjoy as the French do with foie gras.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Chenin Blanc
Country
France
Region
Loire
Vintage
2014
ABV %
12.5%
Organic
No
Vegan
Yes

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