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Chenin Blanc VdP du Val de Loire ‘Wally’

Anjou-Saumur, Loire

Caves de la Loire

Les Caves de la Loire is a co-op located in Brissac-Quincé, south of Angers...

It was established in 1951 and has 160 growers and 1,600 hectares of vineyards, the majority of them located in Anjou. Its winemaking facilities are overseen by technical director, Agnès Bardet, who has been working with the growers and their vineyards for many years. The harvest is coordinated by Frederic Moreau, who liaises with each grower and offers technical advice all year long. Les Caves de la Loire is certified AgriConfiance et Démarche Vignerons En Développement Durable. AgriConfiance ensures traceability from grape to bottle and adheres to AFNOR's (Association French Normalization Organization Regulation) sustainable pratices.

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Vineyards

The grapes were sourced from the Anjou area in the Loire Valley, just south of the city of Angers. The vineyards are planted on Sologne clay.

Vintage information

Producers in the Loire Valley had a small vintage in 2012 with overall volumes down 20% on 2011. This was due to winter frost, a damp and cold spring and drought in August which caused stress to the berries and stopped their growth. The rain in September allowed the vines to develop again. The result is a zingy wine with very concentrated aromas and a fresher style than the 2011 vintage. Harvest of Chenin Blanc took place between 25th September and 2nd October.

Vinification

The grapes are pressed using a pneumatic press. After 10 hours, the must is racked and is left on it's fine lees at 8°C. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at 16°C where afterwards, it matures in tanks at 12°C.

Tasting Notes

This Chenin Blanc offers fresh peach and citrus fruit coupled with fresh hazelnut notes on the nose. On the palate it is bright and has a lovely texture with a moreish finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Chenin Blanc
Region Anjou-Saumur, Loire
Alcohol (ABV) 11.5%
Acidity 5.09g/l
Residual Sugar 3g/l
Wine pH 3.12