2018 Domaine des Deux Vallees Savennieres "Clos du Petit Beaupreau,' Loire Valley, France (750 ml)

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Philippe Socheleau and his father Réne purchased Domaine Banchereau in St-Aubin-de-Luigné in 2001, selling off the cellars and building a new facility. Prior to this, Réne was a successful apple farmer. The family currently farms 45ha of vines around St-Aubin-de-Luigné (Anjou), 3 ha in Savennieres (Clos du Petit Beaupreau and Les Fougerais) 12 ha in Rochefort-sur-Loire (Coteaux du Layon) and 3 ha in AOC Coteaux du Layon 1er Cru Chaume. Clos du Petit Beaupréau is a 1.6ha situated at 75 meters above sea level, the highest point in the Savennieres appellation located next to the ancient/historic Moulin (windmill) de Beaupreau. The vineyard is at the northern limit of the appellation- making this vineyard the highest, most exposed and coolest within the Savennieres appellation. The Soil is primarily deep “sable eolien’ on a bed of sandstone schist. Clos du Petit Beaupreau is a sub section of the Moulin de Beaupreau and was planted in 2004- adjacent to Petit Beaupreau is the Grand Beaupreau lieu dit- Here we find great winemakers like Pierre Bise and Domaine Ogereau who are famous in Anjou. Farming: Sustainable HVE Certification Level 3 – High Environmental Value Terra Vitis – a sustainable ethos network. Since 1989 no pesticides and herbicides. All grapes are hand-picked in small plastic crates. Fermentation: Native Yeast with 100% malolactic fermentation Lieu Dit: Clos du Petit Beaupreau, planted North facing Vinfied in 350 L Barrique , 20 % New Oak with 80% 1st, 2nd & 3rd year old barrels. On fine lees for 6 months and aged in large tonneau 600L Bottled light filtration and minimal sulfur added Production: 6,000 bottles or 500 cases US.

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