Annual production: Roughly 750 hl
Basic yield: 25 hl/ha
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc (Pineau de la Loire)
Dominant growing practises: Density of 4,500 to 5,000 plants/ha. Double Guyot pruning to 2x3 nodes or gobelet (‘goblet’) pruning to 3x2 nodes.
Technical constraints: Manual harvests carried out in multiple passes to selectively pick grapes that are over-ripened and present high concentration levels, whether or not due to the action of noble rot. Individual inspection of the production and growing conditions for each plot of land.
Sensorial characteristics: Deep yellow or green-tinted appearance, developing towards antique gold with hints of amber.
Intense, complex nose, floral aromas, white fruits, candied citrus fruits and exotic fruits in the early years, developing after 5 to 10 years towards notes of precious woods, dried or candied fruits, honey and grilled almonds, generally marked by strong minerality. Later on, they also offer notes of waxy gentian.
Powerful and opulent on the palate with a strong thick feeling, giving these syrupy wines an ideal balance between mellow sweetness and liveliness.
Serving temperature: 8°C. Decant wines under the age of 5 years.
Ageing potential: From at least 10 years to inestimable lengths of time for fine vintage years.