Clos des Cocus Chenin Blanc 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Region Loire Valley
Wine Type White - Still
Varietals Chenin Blanc
Vineyard This wine comes from a 0.6 hectare sole parcel of Chenin, planted in 1958 in Faye d’Anjou, the neighboring village. The Clos des Cocus terroir is the summit of a hillside facing south-west, very exposed to winds. 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 The soil is 20-40 cm of clay on schist. On the surface there is volcanic rock, some spilites and rhyolites.
Viticulture Vineyards are farmed biodynamically and certified DEMETER.
Vinification The juice is vinified in the same way as l’Esprit Libre, but in 500L barrels. These barrels are used, 2-3 years old. No new barrels. These are barrels that Thomas buys new so as to be sure that they’ve never contained sulfur. The juice is blended in steel tanks before the fermentation starts. The alcoholic and malolatic fermentations start naturally, without inoculation and 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. Once bottled, the wine ages another 10 months before release.
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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