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Coteaux du Layon, Domaine des Forges

Wine: Coteaux du Layon Saint Aubin
Producer: Domaine des Forges
Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Vintage: 2021
Style: Dessert Wine
Blend: Chenin 100%
ABV: 12.5%
Size: 50cl


4 in stock

4 in stock

The Wine:

An exquisite sweet wine with aromatic notes of exotic fruits and dried apricot. The palate is underpinned by fresh acidity which beautifully balances the richness of fruit. Mineral overtones add complexity through to a long, persistent finish.

The vines have an average age of 40 years and the yields seldom rise above 25 hectolitres per hectare; resulting in grapes with concentrated juice and full of flavour. The vineyard is sustainably cultivated being grassed between the rows, with manual green harvesting and summer thinning to ensure the grapes are exposed to the sunshine to ensure ripening. The hand-harvest is picked in triages, in order to select only the ripest and highest quality fruit at the beginning at the onset of noble rot: botrytis cinerea. The misty mornings combined with dry sunny days create the perfect conditions for noble rot, which consumes the water from the grapes leaving a rich concentration of sugar, flavour and acidity in the berries.

Further Info:

Domaine de Forges has been a family-owned producer for five generations. Although his father Claude can still be found pottering round the cellar, the current success of this estate and the quality of the wines is down to son Stéphane and his wife Séverine. Their 50 hectares of HVE certified sustainably farmed vines include 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc, of which seven are located on the steep slopes of the Chaumes and a one-hectare parcel in the Loire’s only Grand Cru: the prestigious Quarts de Chaume. They also own three separate plots in Savennières, including the original in the sandy- schist site of Moulin du Gué and one hectare in the cru Roche aux Moines. Yields are kept extremely low, at 25 hl/ha. As a result of this complex network of terroirs, the wines have a richness and intensity that clearly show the world-class potential of this style of Chenin Blanc.


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