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Julien, Thibaut & Jean-Marie

Le Jeau

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Roches Sèches/Domaine de la Guimardière (Biodynamic)

Region: Loire Valley

White Wine
2016 Chenin, Varennes

Red Wine
2016 Grolleau, Les Saint Martin
2015 Cabernet Franc, Le Jeau

Founded in 2010 by three friends; Julien Delrieu, Thibaut Ducleux and Jean-Marie Brousset around the purchase of 15 hectares of vineyards near the Layon river in the heart of the Anjou. They immediately went about converting the vineyards to organic farming, all the while honing there winemaking style and creating single cépage cuvées. The vineyards range in age from 25-60 years old and favor traditional Anjou varietals, Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Grolleau and a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon. There are a variety of soil components throughout the vineyards, but schist, limestone and clay dominate, as would be expected in this region.

The cellar techniques are fairly traditional with the addition of some skin maceration on the white wines and minimal use of sulfur. There goal is to let each varietal and vineyard site speak for themselves and to use only a small touch of sulfur to maintain freshness and balance. The result is wines that show both crisp acidity and brilliant focus and tension without being too wound up. Delicious wines that have a clear sense of place from whence they came.

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