DOMAINE DES HAUTS BAIGNEUX
Nicolas Grosbois and Philippe Mesnier
In 2013, longtime friends Nicolas Grosbois and Philippe Mesnier purchased 12 hectares of vines in Azay-le-Rideau, an excellent, though relatively unknown terroir a few kilometers east of Chinon. They immediately began farming all the vines organically, and set about on an ambitious project to reintroduce the wines of Azay-le-Rideau. Traditionally, Azay le Rideau is famous for white wines made from Chenin Blanc, and rosé wines made from Grolleau and Gamay.
Most of the vineyards are located in Azay-le-Rideau on the lieu-dit "Hauts Baigneux". The domaine also owns a two hectare plot in Saché, close to the former studio of Alexander Calder, the famous American artist. This great flint-heavy terroir produces the two top cuvées of the domaine: Le Clos des Brancs and Blanc Chenin. In addition to resurrecting the tradition of great wines from these vineyards, the domaine produces excellent reds, and a small amount of white and rosé Petillant Naturel.
The wines of Domaine des Hauts Baigneux are all produced with natural yeast, and bottled with minimal intervention. The cuvées Les Chenes and Les Pentes are delicious vins de soif that showcase the best of Loire Valley. The sparkling wines are fantastic bottles of everyday bubbles, and the single vineyard Chenin Blancs are a testament to the towering quality of this terroir.
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Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Blanc "Les Chênes"
100% Chenin Blanc. Average vine age : 25 years. Clay with limestone underneath. Direct press, natural yeast fermentation. Elevage in stainless steel tanks, then 3-4 year old used barrels. Production : 6,500 bottles/year.
Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Blanc Chenin
100% Chenin Blanc. Average vine age : 30 years and 60 years. Flinty Clay with limestone underneath. Hand-harvested, Direct press, natural yeast fermentation in demi-muids. Elevage for 18 months on the lees in concrete eggs, barrels, and demi-muids. Production : 3,500 bottles/year.
Touraine Rouge Les Pentes
60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Gamay, 20% Grolleau. Average vine age : 25 years. Clay with limestone underneath. Natural yeast fermentation in concrete tanks. Elevage in stainless steel tanks. Production : 12,000 bottles/year.
100% Chenin Blanc. Average vine age : 25 years. Clay with limestone underneath, flint. Hand harvested, Direct press, Natural yeast fermentation in bottle. Production : 4,000 bottles/year.
Pétillant Naturel Rosé
50% Grollequ, 50% Gamay. Average vine age : 25 years. Clay with limestone underneath. Hand harvested, Direct press, Natural yeast fermentation in bottle. Production : 4,000 bottles/year.