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DOMAINE DES FORGES COTEAUX DU LAYON 1ER CRU CHAUME

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DOMAINE DES FORGES COTEAUX DU LAYON 1ER CRU CHAUMECork

Wonderfully intense sweet wine with taught acidity and great depth. Scrummy.

Loire
2014
11.5% ABV.
100% Chenin Blanc
37.5cl

£10.95

Price includes VAT

Tasting notes:

A dried fruit nose with notes of toasted almonds. In the mouth, a good intensity with candied fruit aromas accompanied by the typical honey notes one would expect from this appellation.

About the wine:

The grapes are harvested when over ripe in passes collecting small sections of the bunches. The grapes are pressed gently using a bladder press. Alcoholic fermentation is controlled by adjusting the temperature and the wine is aged in tanks and barrels.

About the producer:

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. 

Food Match:

Ideal as an aperitif, or with foie gras or blue cheese canapés. Serve before dessert, ideally spiced or tangy flavours based on cinnamon, orange peel or bitter chocolate. Avoid pairing with very sweet desserts.

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