Domaine de La Renière 'La Cerisaie', Saumur Blanc, France 2020
La Renière has existed since 1631. Before being a wine estate, La Renière was a farm that belonged to the Gay family. Thibaud became the first person outside the family to take over the estate. Thibault is pushing the estate closer to its potential, converting its vineyards to organics, and focusing on the local varieties Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. This cuvée is 100% Chenin Blanc from two parcels (1.5 ha) situated on the Cerisaie hill, a short walk from the domaine, based in Le Puy Notre Dame. The vines are southeast-facing on chalky tuffeau soils with Turonian bedrock. A lean and expressive style of Chenin. Plenty of lemon oil, and granny smith apple with a solid mid-palate weight. A great new discovery!
Pairing: Stinky cheese, squash, light poultry, meatier fish
Grape: Chenin Blanc