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  • 188. Vin de France 2015, Rouliers (sold out)

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    Richard Leroy

    100% Chenin (13% alc.)

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    When ten years of efforts trying to establish a premier cru hierarchy came to nothing, rather than continue to use the Anjou appellation that had few quality associations, Richard took the nuclear option of declassifying his sensational wines to Vin de France. There is a finesse and restraint to this wine (from only 0.70 hectares of low-yielding vines) with a mineral flavour possibly emanating from the underlying schist. Fermented completely dry with the malolactics completed and no batonnage, and no sulphur used in the cave at all, it shows chenin in its most elegant style. Very limited quantity from this vintage. No sulphur. For drinking now to 2022+.

  • 189. Vin de France 2015, Les NoĆ«ls de Montbenault (sold out)

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    Richard Leroy

    100% Chenin (12.5% alc.)

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    The vines here are planted in soils developed over the eroded base of an ancient volcano on the plateau of a windy ridge of hills overlooking the river Layon. Harvested from only ripe grapes (any botrytised grapes were individually cut out) and fermented dry, the wine has a sumptuous concentration on the palate, with a hint of quince and a notable mineral (irony) flavour. Rich but balanced and very long on the finish, this is an exceptional wine. No sulphur at all from 2011. For drinking now to 2023+.