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Vin de France 2015, Les Rouliers (out of stock)
  • 202. Vin de France 2015, Les Rouliers (out of stock)

    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+.

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Further details
Richard Leroy. Domaine started in 1996
Size of domaine
2.7 hectares (of which 0.7 hectares produce this wine). 3500 bts produced of this wine
Chenin, 17 yrs old, 5800 vines per hectare
Lower hillside than Noels – due south facing 20° slope. Soil is sandy decomposed schist. The schist mother rock is very close to the surface in the top half of the vineyard.
Leaves grass to grow every other row. The soils are ploughed. No chemical weeders or insecticides are used. Only treatments are Bordeaux mix, sulphur and bio-dynamic preparations. He debuds, clips off any mini shoots and only if necessary carries out vendanges en verts. Harvest is manual and carried out by meticulous tries searching out ripe but not over-ripe bunches (between 5 and 11 sorties are carried out every year). Any botrytised or passerilled grapes are cut out. Yields average less than 30 hectos per hectare.
The grapes are pressed by a pneumatic press – very slow pressing followed by a period of 12 hours when the wine is left on the gross lees. Natural yeasts only are used. No chaptalisaton. The wine is transferred into 225ltr barrels for ageing (2,3 and 4 yr old barrels). Slow alcoholic fermentation over 4-5 months followed by malo-lactics. No batonnage. Filtration by kieselghur – never fined. No S02 during elevage. The wine is bottled 1 year after harvest in September.
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