Coteaux du Layon Saint-Aubin-du-Luigné Sélection de “Grains Nobles”
Description : The Sélections de Grains Nobles indication has been used in Anjou since 1993. When the grapes are harvested, an INAO (national institute of origin and quality) technician comes to the estate to check the progress of the harvest and measure the density of the must drawn from the press. The potential alcohol is required to be at least 17.5%. The wine is then aged for 18 months before it is presented to the Grains Nobles certification tasting committee. Reaching the required strength is not difficult, but the wine also needs to have complex and rich aromas to be awarded Grains Nobles status. The committee awards certification rosettes and each bottle is numbered.
Grape variety : Chenin, harvested when it is over-ripe. Yield less than 5Hl per hectare.
Harvesting : Harvested manually at Saint-Aubin, in passes collecting sections of very raisined bunches, due to passerillage or Botrytis.
Winemaking : Traditional methods are used after pressing the grapes gently using a bladder press. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in 400l barrels and the wine is aged for 18 months.
Pairings : As an aperitif with foie gras or blue cheese canapés. Can be enjoyed as a digestif after a meal. Also delicious mid-afternoon – why not add a few spicy chocolates!
Keeping qualities : Coteaux du Layon are very good vins de garde. Excellent drunk young while fruity (during the first 3 years), otherwise wait for the tertiary aromas of candied fruit to appear after keeping for 7 to 8 years. Be aware of the dumb period. Depending on the vintage, these wines are generally less aromatic 4 to 8 years after they are made. Hide them at the back of the cellar until they open up!