Bertin Delatte - L'Echalier Vin de France 2016
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100% Chenin Blanc. Natural fermentation, aged half in stainless steel, and half in barrel (⅓ new). After a year, the tank and barrel lots are assembled and let to rest for 6 months before bottling.
Nicolas says he just wants to just wants to do things simply. Funny how the wine that comes from doing things simply tastes pretty complex. Chenin Blanc from Rablay-sur-Layon is historically a sweet wine, but they prefer to drink dry wines, and wanted to make something they could enjoy every day.
This has some of the same pear and honey flavors of the sweet wines from Coteaux-du-Layon, but it's definitely a vin sec, something to drink all the time.
Annual Production: Less than 1,000
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Terroir: Clay and Schist soil
Drinking Window: 2018-2022
Nicolas and Genevieve have a 3-hectare organic domaine near Rablay-sur-Layon. If that town’s name rings a bell it’s because together with neighbors and similarly tiny domaines GarOvin and Vins Hodgson, this Angevin crew is making some of the Loire’s most exciting wines. You may know Bertin-Delatte’s still white, L’Echalier; they make natural wines that appeal to Somms in Michelin-starred restaurants as much as the local crunchy granola types who shop at the cooperative grocery in Rablay Sur Layon.