From one of the Loire’s rising stars.
Benoit Courault’s Chenin Blanc 'Empriente' is a powerful and dense expression of one of the chief white varieties within the Anjou region. The vines are organic and biodynamically farmed on schist soils, lending them plenty of nervy tension. This is the second release of this vintage -- the first bottling of Empreinte was considered Benoit's 'primeur,' and this version was aged in barrel for an additional 6 months in barrel (for a total of 18 months). You can cellar this for even longer, if you have the patience!
- Benoit Courault is a self-made vigneron, who studied winemaking in Beaune and Tavel in the early 2000s.
- In 2006, he started his own domaine with the aim of producing quality wines in the Loire.
- Schist is a metamorphic soil, composed of flaky rocks and minerals that retains heat and provides good drainage for vines.
- This fruit is from the area of Bonnezeaux, one of the leading appellations in the Loire Valley.
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