2020 Domaine des Sablonnettes Le P'tit Blanc11013
WINEMAKER: Christine, Joel & Jeremy Menard
VARIETAL: Chenin Blanc
REGION: Loire Valley, FR
VITICULTURE: Certified Biodynamic
10-15 year old vines of Chenin Blanc grown on schist. Hand harvested, wild fermentation in stainless steel tank where it sits for 6 months before bottling. Fresh and vibrant with a subtle savoury finish. Fresh nose with notes of white flowers, almonds, and subtle pear, and a finish with hints of honey. No additions.
Christine and Joel Menard have been making wine in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon AOC for more than twenty years. Over the past few vintages they have welcomed their son Jeremy into the domaine to take care of the winemaking and the cellar. While the appellation is known for its sweet wines, Domaine des Sablonnettes have slowly cemented themselves over the years as a key producer of some of the most expressive and interesting dry wines in the AOC today. They are seen by many as the secret superstars of the region. They lovingly tend to their 13 hectares of vines, which have been managed and certified by biodynamic methods since 2007. Healthy soils and balance in their ecosystem has always been at the heart of their winemaking.