Appellation: Saumur Blanc
Cuvée: Les Essarts
Colour: White
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
About: Antoine’s second white, first made 2018. From a tiny parcel of young vines in the Essarts lieu-dit. As of the 2019 vintage it sees a full year in oak and 6 months in tank before being bottled and released two years after the harvest.

Vines

Location: Les Essarts.
Size: 0.22 hectares.
Age: vines planted 2010.
Soils: chalky silex.
Exposition: east west.
Altitude: 100m.
Training: wire trained.
Farming: organic, ploughing, cover crops.
Average yield hl/ha: 45.
Climate: continental with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers.

Winemaking

Same as Salles Martin, the harvest is picked by hand into small crates and carefully sorted upon entry to the cellar. Whole bunches are chilled and then pressed direct to ferment in 600L oak barrels, around one third new, first and second year. The malo doesn’t take place. It’s left untouched and to its own devices for 7 months, after which it’s racked to steel tank to finish the ferment and to blend before bottling. It’s lightly sulfited at pressing and after racking.

Vintage Notes 2018
A lovely year with a great balance due to nature’s delivery of the right amount at the right time of both rain and sunshine. The risk of mildew was minimised. The resultant wines pack a lovely vegetal juiciness with pure aromas.
Yield hl/ha: 50.
Harvested: September 19.
Bottles produced: 1,500.
Date bottled: 2019-09.
Alcohol: 13.01 %
SO2 Total: 80
Tasting: Toasty and rich, mineral, straight, intense buttery, quince, citrus character, great acidity on finish, long.