Côteaux du Layon, Chaume, 2014

  Domaine des Forges

One of the best value sweet wines on our list, Stephane Branchereau’s Chaumes contains plenty of botrytis and dried grape characteristics, without becoming sluggish and soupy, a facet of the great acidity inherent in Chenin Blanc. With fantastic cut and precision on the nose, clear salt and apricot notes, leading to tangy orange and honey notes on the palate, intense and characterful but also fresh. Very lovely.

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.