Mai and Kenji Hodgson
Japanese-Canadians Mai and Kenji Hodgson made the jump from Vancouver to the Loire. Before that, Kenji was a wine journalist in Vancouver, and the desire to write about wine turned into a desire to make wine. They arrived in the rural Loire Valley with hardly any connections and speaking virtually no French, and three years later they produced their first wines under their own labels. Excellent descriptions of the domaine can be found on the blogs Not Drinking Poison in Paris and Wine Terroirs.
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Vin de France P'tit Luchini
P'tit Luchini is a vin de soif, or "wine of thirst". We always aim to show terroir in our wines, but in this case it is all about easy drinking. Grapes were harvested early, and the whole clusters underwent a carbonic maceration for two weeks. After pressing, the juice continued to ferment in tank and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration in April. 20 ppm total SO2 added at bottling. Luchini has lively aromas, is light on the palate, and doesn't care for drawn-out tasting notes.
Vin de France Faia
100% Chenin Blanc. A blend of 4 parcels from the lieu-dit Le Mont (Faye d'Anjou), with vine age 30 to 100 years. Chenin blanc planted on shale soils is one of the hallmarks of Anjou. We harvest at a high maturity yet avoid botrytis. Whole clusters are pressed in a vertical basket press for a duration of 12 to 24 hours. The juice is transferred directly to barrel and a slow fermentation (about 6 to 8 months) follows. Fermentation, malolactic, and élevage on original lees. Elevage 8-10 months in 225l barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. No sulfites added. 1500 bottles produced. Classifed Coteaux du Layon Villages Faye d'Anjou, with south-south-west exposure and low yields of 15-25 hectoliters per hectare.
Vin de France Les Aussigouins
100% Chenin Blanc. Schist terroir in Montbenault (Faye d'Anjou) [right next to Richard Leroy n.b.]. Vine age 10-40 years. Elevage 8-10 months in 225l barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. No sulfites added. 2200 bottles produced. Classifed Coteaux du Layon Villages Faye d'Anjou, with south-south-west exposure and low yields of 15-25 hectoliters per hectare.
Vin de France O Galarneau!
100% Cabernet Franc. From our best parcels of cabernet franc, the grapes are harvested at full maturity, according to each parcel. Schist and clay soils. Whole cluster fermentation, sometimes using carbonic maceration depending on the vintage. Fermentation in open top tanks with daily pigeage. Maceration lasts about three weeks, then the must is pressed to old barrels. The wine is aged for about ten months before bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. No sulfites added. 4000 bottles produced.
Vin de France Canal de Monsieur
A selection of barrels before the blending of Galarneau, this is a cuvée that we will only make in certain years.. A large part coming from "Les Rouliers" in Faye. Aged 10 months in barriques. No fining no filtration. No sulfites added. 1300 bottles.
Vin de France La Grande Pièce