The Domaine des Forges has been a family Vineyard for 5 generations.
We grow over 47 hectares of vines including a little Sauvignon and Chardonnay, some low-cropping Gamay planted on schist , Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon… and 27 hectares of Chenin Blanc.
Chenin includes one finely-placed hectare plot in Quarts de Chaume grand cru and 3 separate plots in Savennières, our original Moulin du Gué being joined by 1 hectare in Clos du Papillon and another in the famous savennières Roche aux Moines.
We use the steep slopes of St Aubin and Chaume to produce intensely elegant wines whose great concentration is always balanced with just enough power, freshness and fruit.
Ensuring both quality and ripeness of the grapes by grassing through the vineyards, short pruning, summer thinning and thinning-out of the leaves, the picking is carried out in perfectionist selection and the yield seldom rises above 25 hectolitres /hectare for Chenin…
Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sauvignon ferment at controlled temperatures in a series of stainless steel and underground vats or in barrels.
The Layons, Savennières and the increasingly elegant Anjou Blanc ferment slowly, plot by plot and selection by selection, either in vat or in 1 to 3 year old 400 litre double-barrels, with a partial malo and careful maturing on the lees ensuring extra ampleness and concentration.
The results are wines with a richness and intensity that clearly show the world-class potential of this style of Chenin.