Size: 0.5 ha (1.24 ac)
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Vine Age: Planted in the 1960s
Terroir: Located in L’Ardillon, a single south/southwest-facing parcel in the commune of Brézé. The topsoil (about 80 cm deep) is a mix of clay and loam, above Turonian limestone.
Viticulture: Organic methods (not certified)
Vinification: Sorted directly in the vineyard (with sorting table), whole cluster pressing, very light decanting (about 24 hours) to separate only the less qualitative, brownish lees. Indigenous yeast alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank for about 3 weeks at 20°C. No malo due to the very low pH (between 3.07 to 3.12) and the cold cellar environment (10 to 12°C). Aged on fine lees for 12 months in barrel (50% 225L barrels of one wine, 50% 225L barrels of 2-3 wines), then a further 6 months in stainless steel. SO2: varies from 15 to 25 mg/l free, and 25 to 60 mg/l total. Very low doses are added at pressing (2g/hl), after alcoholic fermentation to help prevent malo (1 g/hl), with a final adjustment at bottling. Unfined, light filtration.