Grape(s): Chenin Blanc
Localization: Anjou, Loire Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Fresh nose with notes of white flowers, almonds, and subtle pear, and a finish with hints of honey.
Notes: Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Food pairing: Good with cold appetizers, vegetables, patés, young goat cheese, shellfish, sushi, or a chicken dish.
The Domain: Christine and Joel Menard have been making wine in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon AOC for more than thirty years. They produce an outstanding array of wines from Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, Gamay, and Chenin Blanc. They practice biodynamic methods in their 13-hectares of vines. Christine and Joel run their domain to very exacting standards and as a result, they produce stunning, natural wines—without employing artificial yeasts. The wines from Sablonnettes are not chaptalized or filtered, these wines are vibrantly alive.