Clos des Cocus Chenin Blanc 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Region Loire Valley
Wine Type White - Still
Varietals Chenin Blanc
Vineyard From a 0.6 hectare sole parcel of Chenin, planted in 1958 in Faye d’Anjou. Vines lie on a hillside facing south-west. The vines are exposed to wind. Thomas tells us, "The wind is what makes this parcel so special. The wind dries and concentrates fruit. Maturity is very quick." Yields are very small at appoximately 25 hl/ ha.
Soil 20-40 cm of clay on schist. On the surface there is volcanic rock, some spilites and rhyolites.
Viticulture Demeter certified biodynamic.
Vinification The juice is vinified and aged in 500L barrels. To ensure the oak has never been in contact with sulfur or any chemical inputs, Thomas buys the barrels new and works them for at least a year before using them to vinify any of his wines. Alcoholic and malolatic fermentations occur naturally without temperature control. The wine rests on its lees from pressing until summer. To prepare for bottling, Thomas racks several days before filtering.
Aging Aged for 11 months on the lees in barrel.
Notes All of the wines are bottled in September, before the harvest. No fining is ever done, nor is any oenological product ever added, with the exception of sulfur.
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