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  • 183. Anjou AC 2014, Les Varennes

    Les Roches Sèches

    100% Chenin (11.8% alc.)

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    The three friends running Les Roches Sèches work by terroir, and this comes from three parcels of organically worked vines (planted on the fine Rupestris du Lot rootstock) totalling 1.5 hectares that average 40 years old. Aged in older barrels for a year with malos completed, here the schist soils leave a deep irony, print on this dense, bone dry wine which has a great vein of acidity freshening it up. A minimal 14mg/l of sulphur was used. For drinking now to 2020.

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Further details
Winemaker
Julien Delrieu, Jean-Marie Brousset and Thibaut Ducleux.
Location
La Guimardière in Faveraye-Mâchelles (49380)
Size of domaine
1.40 hectares for this cuvée.
Grape
Chenin, 23 yrs old. Clonal selection on Rupestris du Lot. 5000 vines per hectare trained gobelet.
Terroir
Schist (Briovérien era). 60m above sea-level. North and South aspects on 2° slopes. Soil is 40 to 50cm deep.
Viticulture
Debudding but no green harvest. Works the soil. No ploughing. Copper and sulphur used against oidium and mildiou. No treatments against pests and insects. No fertilizers used. Harvest is manual and carried out by meticulous tries searching out ripe but not over-ripe bunches (several sorties are carried out every year). Any botrytised or passerilled grapes are cut out. No sorting table used. Yields average 25 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
The grapes are pressed by a Vaslin press – very slow pressing (6hours). No settling of the juice. Natural yeasts only are used. No chaptalisaton. The wine is transferred into 400ltr barrels for ageing (7 yr old barrels). Fermentation at 18°C on average (21°C max.). Temperature is not controlled. Slow alcoholic fermentation over 10 months followed by malo-lactics. No batonnage. One racking prior to bottling. Filtration by kieselghur – never fined. The wine is bottled 1 year after harvest in September by a service provider (i.e. aged on average for 11 to 12 months). 3.500 bottles produced on average.
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