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Wine Region: Loire Valley - France
Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc.
Tasting notes: “100% Chenin Blanc. The botrytized Chenin grapes are picked by hand. The whole process is adapted to the character of the grapes in order to enhance the bouquet and taste as much as possible: careful hand-harvesting, delicate crushing, and cool, slow fermentation. Aging takes place in 400-liter casks for 12 months. The bouquet gradually reveals its complex notes, with at first a flowery blossom then, after aeration, white fruits (peaches, pears, quinces) and grapefruit appear. A slight hint of vanilla at the end reinforces this fine, sweet wine. Richness, smoothness, and persistence are the highlights of this wine.” Philippe Germain
About the winery: In 1996, Philippe Germain’s father, Bernard, bought Château de Fesles along with Château de la Guimonière and Château de la Roulerie from pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre. Lenôtre had bought these wineries in a fit of enthusiasm in 1991 following the wonderful vintages of 1989 and 1990, which unfortunately were followed by the severely frosted 1991, and very mediocre 1992, 1993, and 1994. Making great sweet wines in the Loire is risky. Fesles and Guimonière were sold off and Bernard kept Château de la Roulerie. In 2004, Philippe took full control and implemented winemaking at the Domaine, after renovation of all the buildings and installation of the equipment.
The domaine has a total of 42 hectares, 38 of them planted, divided between La Roulerie and Les Grandes Brosses, for a total of 17 parcels. The vines are planted at a dense 4500 plants per hectare on schistose soils, ideal for fine wine production. The vineyards are all on the slopes and oriented South-Southwest, critical for even ripening in this northerly vineyard.
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