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Producer: Roches Sèches/Domaine de la Guimardière (Biodynamic)
Region: Loire Valley
Wine: 2016 Chenin Varennes

Schist forms the geological foundation for this single vineyard Chenin with the addition of some clay and gravel. The vines are over 25 years old and after a short skin maceration and fermentation, the wine is aged in neutral oak (2-6 years). The malo-lactic fermentation is allowed to happen as very minimal sulfur is used during the fermentation and aging process. With total sulfur levels well below the norm for "natural" wine, its deft use makes this wine very intriguing.

The nose is of quince and white fruit flowers while the wine shows nice tension and fresh citrus and mineral in the mouth. Very persistent, its acid backbone should keep it together for several years.

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