Savennières “Clos du Papillon”
Savennières “Le Clos du Papillon” from Domaine des Forges
Location : This butterfly-shaped close is shared between 3 owners. It is located 400m from Moulin du Gué. It is further up the hillside, on more pebbly soil with volcanic rock.
Grape variety : This terroir brings out the best of Chenin Blanc’s mineral complexity.
Terroir : Sandstone and volcanic shale.
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 more full bodied. 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. Ideal decanted and served cool with scallops, river fish, white pudding with truffle and white meats.
Keeping qualities : Drink young while fruity within 4 years or wait for tertiary aromas to develop after 8 to 10 years.