venerdì 10 gennaio 2014

Chenin Blanc landscape


Clement Baraut Vigneron Savennieres 2010 Le Pirouillet
Baraut makes this wine from a 32 year old vines purchased in 2009 from Nicholas Joly.
Typical Savennieres terroir limestone and sandy with a top slate. Pitrouillet has got vibrant acidity with a rich character, floral and minerally on the nose and palate, green apple, kernel, tangerine and cardamon with an hint of honey and chamomile… Lovely length and great texture.
Baraut is a new producer in the Loire valley arrived there in 1989 , he was working in Bordeaux at the Chateau Haut Brion.
I found this phrase by him on the web
"I was a great believer that wine is made in vineyard not in the cellar; not a very "bordelaise" or oenologist idea".
That perhaps the step on go somewhere like the Loire. Since the late 90', Baraut has worked as a consultant for several of the most esteemed producers in Savennieres including Patrick Baudouin, Domaine Closel and Domaine de Rouchambeau; becaming familiar with the terroir of Savennieres and also developed his knowledge and expertise in natural winemaking.
Picking is done manually at the perfect ripeness without signs of rot, natural yeast and neutral burgundy barrels are using for fermentation.
                     
3 AOCs: Savennieres, Savennieres Couleee de Serrant and Savennieres Roche aux Moines
Thierry German of Domaine des Roches Neuves 
L'Insoite 2012 Saumur Blanc
Peachy chenin blanc with great mineral structure lovely wet stone and flinty character with lovely spine acid. Phenolic and mouth filling, superb with right apple on the nose and some button mushroom, dried yellow flowers and slightly grassy. Long finish with immaculate freshness very multilayer on scents nose and palate.

Thierry German has been working  biodynamically since 2000 and now after 10 years he said we start see the difference, I wish to try some of his old wines.
He doesn't believe in ripe harvest and over extracting fermentation and that's show the freshness in his wines.
Very little use of sulphur and never before the malolactic occurring.
Great wines. 





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