Domaine F L Savennieres Chamboreau 2008


Twenty one hectares cover Anjou, Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume, while 18 hectares line the slopes of the small hill of Epiré in Savennières, with four hectares of these in the highly-prized cru, Roche-aux-Moines. Loire fanatic Philippe Fournier founded the domaine in 2005, although the vineyards and winery have existed for far longer. His cellarmaster is Hugues Daubercies, but respected consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt also advises on the winemaking. As expected from a combination of fine sites (all of which are either organic or in conversion), very low yields and meticulous winemaking, the quality of the wines is exceptionally high.

The fruit for this wine was taken from Domaine FL`s 10 hectare vineyard in Savennières which surrounds the Château de Chamboreau, overlooking the Loire. The 20 year old vines have a southerly orientation, providing excellent exposure to the sun; soils are a mixture of schist with some clay, quartz and dark sand. Harvest was carried out by hand and grapes were only harvested when absolutely ripe, with the result that vineyard workers passed three times through the same plots before the harvest was finished. Yields were 30hl/ha which is nearly half that of the legally permitted maximum.

The grapes were destemmed and crushed and the juice was fermented at a low temperature of 16ºC; only natural, indigenous yeasts were used. No malolactic fermentation took place which meant that the fresh fruit character of the wine was retained. Ageing took place in 20% new French oak barrels for a period of 12 months, followed by a further six months spent "sur lies" in vats which added a rich depth to the wine and extra dimension to the finish.  

14% abv

Domaine F L Savennieres Chamboreau 2008
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