Domaine des Sablonnettes Le P’tit Blanc


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Vintage: 2021
Region: Loire Valley, France
Viticulture: biodynamic
Grape varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc

Domaine des Sablonnettes Le P’tit Blanc is made from Chenin Blanc. Fresh nose with notes of white flowers, almonds, pear, and a hint of honey.

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About Domaine des Sablonnettes Le P’tit Blanc

Domaine des Sablonnettes Le P’tit Blanc is made from Chenin Blanc, harvested by hand, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Fresh nose with notes of white flowers, almonds, and subtle pear, and a finish with hints of honey. Good with cold appetizers, vegetables, patés, young goat cheese, shellfish, sushi, or a chicken dish.

About Domaine des Sablonnettes

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.

About Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is a versatile white-wine grape variety that has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years. It is most commonly associated with France’s Loire Valley, and its high acidity levels mean it can be vinified in a number of different styles: as lusciously sweet, botrytis-affected dessert wines, light, honeyed sparkling wines and as full-bodied, still white wines.

The variety has had its ups and downs throughout its long history. Official French documents first mention Chenin Blanc as early as the year 845, and the variety has appeared in various parts of the Loire under a multitude of synonyms since. The grape fell out of fashion somewhat in the early 20th Century, but renewed interest in the 1980s has reinvigorated Chenin Blanc’s position as a classic and noble grape variety.

Chenin Blanc may be crafted to any level of sweetness, ranging from bone-dry, crisp and sparkling, to sweet dessert wines. This is reflected in the number of winemaking techniques and styles employed in Chenin production, such as stainless steel, extended-lees contact, and barrel maturation. In this respect it is not dissimilar to Chardonnay, with which it commonly appears in blends; however, the two are not closely related genetically.

In the vineyard, growers must keep Chenin Blanc’s naturally high yields in check, allowing flavors to concentrate and its floral bouquet to come through. The variety buds early and ripens late, making frost a risk in the cooler parts of the world.

Most of the Loire’s significant acreage planted to Chenin Blanc is around the cities of Angers and Touraine. Intense, minerally white wines with green apple characters are most commonly associated with the Savennieres appellation of the former, while dry and semi-dry Vouvray wines of the latter are a little more tropical and honeyed in character. The sparkling Cremant de Loire wines of Anjou, Saumur, and Touraine are largely based on Chenin Blanc. These lean, racy wines often have a more floral nose and a nuttiness that comes from the lees contact required by the appellation.

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