Story

The wine
The winegrower :
"My family's winegrowing tradition started out with my great grandfather Coindreau. He was the first to grow vines at Berrie. He had several hectares, but also grew grain and kept a few farm animals. The estate has been handed down from father to son to 5 generations.
Situation
The vineyard estate is located in the commune of Berrie, in the southern part of the Saumur appellation.
Terroir
The vines of Chenin blanc are planted on a rise with great southwest sun exposure overlooking the Dive river, which wends its way alongside the slope. These vines sink their roots deep into the claylimestone soil where the tufa is quite shallow.
In the vineyard
"I do my best to grow very ripe Chenin Blanc grapes. I also think it's important to have low yields (5-6 bunches per vine) and to control vigour. Almost all my plots are former clos, or walled vineyards, and a few of the walls are still standing. It is easy to pick out each separate plot thanks to the trees planted on the perimeter. Many of these are bay trees pruned into a ball shape, but one plot has a very old almond tree and a cherry tree that I take great care of. I also believe that these trees protect the vines and enhance biodiversity. "
Vinification
Monitoring the maturity. The grapes are harvested when fully ripe. Gentle pressing and light settling of the must to preserve the aromatic potential. Traditional vinification with fermentation in vats where the temperatures are regulated (17-19°C).
Maturing
The wine is aAged on the lees for 4 months with regular bâtonnage (stirring). After bottling, it is stored in our 25-metre-deep cellars where it ages away from light and variations in temperature.
Varietals
Chenin blanc : 100%

Advice

Serving
Serve chilled (10-12°C).
Tasting notes
Pale gold color and silver hues. Charming nose with aromas of ripe fruits (pineapple, crystallized apricot) and mineral notes. On the palate, the attack is round, soft and well balanced with lovely freshness. A beautiful aromatic structure. The long aftertaste reveals subtle notes of mint.
Food pairing
Serve as an aperitif or this wine goes perfectly with grilled fishes, poultry with sauce and fine goat’s cheese (Chabichou).