Côteaux du Layon, Chaume, 2016

  Domaine des Forges

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine des Forges

Owner Claude Branchereau has 25 hectares of Chenin Blanc on the steep St Aubin and Chaume slopes in the Côteaux du Layon appellation. Now ably assisted by his son, Stéphan, Claude produces what must be the most uplifting, vibrant and best value dessert wine in the world. At harvest times several ‘Tris’ (a term given to the process of going through the vineyard and picking off the best grapes) are undertaken and together with minute yields, that barely reach 25 hl/ha, culminate in intense, concentrated wines. Each parcel of vines and the result of each Trie are vinified separately in stainless-steel and fibreglass vats with the very best cuvée, Les Onnis, destined to be bottled.

Appellation: Côteaux du Layon

The finest region within Anjou producing mouthwatering sweet and often botrytised Chenin Blanc from schist and limestone soils. A source of excellent value sweet wine.

Grape Type: Chenin Blanc

Now widely planted across the world (notably in South Africa), Chenin Blanc is a white grape variety native to the Loire Valley where it produces a range of wine styles; sweet, dry and sparkling with complexity, depth and often longevity. In the middle Loire, Chenin Blanc is used for Anjou, Montlouis, Saumur, Savennieres, Vouvray, and Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume wines.