Chenin Blanc 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. Empriente is still in its infancy, and this is the third vintage of this wine. The 2021 was aged for 12 months in neutral oak casks, lending it plenty of depth and structure. You could cellar this one for a bit and watch it evolve into something beautiful.
- 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 Chenin Blanc is from the area of Bonnezeaux, one of the leading appellations in the Loire Valley.
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