This vineyard was planted with Chenin Blanc after the discovery that morning mists appeared in the autumn giving a great opportunity to make a sweet Botrytis style wine.
This unusual phenomenon (which is not guaranteed every year) can under the right climatic conditions produce wines of intense sweetness and complexity. Cool, humid mornings followed by dry, sunny afternoons are essential to encourage the development of Botrytis. This is a labour intensive but rewarding process which requires several passes at harvest time to pick only those bunches or berries affected by Noble Rot.
Shiny gold appearance. Pronounced nose of candied stone and exotic fruits, pineapple and apricot confit, orange confit, quince and honey. On the palate a powerful and intense sweetness is underpinned by a crisp backbone of acidity leading to a long and impressive finish.
Individual berries or bunches affected by Noble Rot are harvested on four separate pickings
Gentle pressing for 10 hours to slowly release the juice
Barrel fermented in one year old oak
Slow fermentation for 6 months due to the high sugar levels and stops naturally at 11% alcohol
Racked and matured in barrel on the lees for 6 months
Tangential filtration prior to bottling
Débourbage à froid
Chenin Blanc - Moscou - Brugairolles 1.2ha
Vineyard planted in 2004 - Topsoil made of clay and sand on chalky limestone