Savennières “Roche aux Moines”
Savennières “Roche aux Moines” from Domaine des Forges
Location : This small AOC covers less than 30 hectares. It is located on actual rocky spurs above the Loire.
Grape variety : This terroir brings out the best of Chenin Blanc’s mineral complexity. Terroir: Sandstone shale, volcanic seams and wind-blown sand.
Winemaking : The grapes are harvested manually, by two or three successive passes in the vineyard to collect grapes which are golden or where noble rot is starting. Botrytis makes the wines fatter and fuller. Temperature-controlled fermentation brings out the best of the Chenin’s aromatic character. Partial malolactic fermentation. Aged meticulously on the lees with batonnage in 400-litre barrels for around 11 months.
Characteristics : This full-bodied, rounded wine has good minerality. It is perfect with river fish in beurre blanc sauce, white pudding with truffles, scallops, veal blanquette and more generally white meats served with cream and mushroom sauces. Serve at 12°C.