The AOP of Côteaux du Vendômois was officially formed in 2001, but the history of wine production goes back as far as the 11th century. There is a large cooperative producing 60% of total AOP production and only 13 private producers in the appellation.
This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc, from 20 to 30 year old vines, grown on schist soil. The grapes are harvested mid-October. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks for 5 months. This dry white is both fruity and mineral, with great freshness on the palate.
Farming/vinification practices: certified organic since 1988!
Patrice encourages biodiversity and is proud to count over 150 different plant species in his vineyard. He works with very old vines and uses massal selection. His vines grow smaller bunches and berries than the same varieties found elsewhere. Patrice tills the soil for oxygenation and practices green harvest. He considers his winemaking to be consistent with the philosophy of the "Vin Naturel".
He uses indigenous yeasts and his wines go through long fermentations. Vinification is in stainless steel and oak barrels depending on the cuvee; the oak is seasoned at least 3 years before it becomes a barrel. He filters but does not fine. His wines are pure and alive, completely clean, and they scream Terroir! They are all eminently quaffable, with low alcohol levels.