2018 La Grapperie La Désirée Chenin Blanc
Some of the Chenin vines which produced the grapes for this wine are over 100 years old. As with all of Renaud Guettiers' Chenin Blancs, this is tight on opening, but spreads it's wings rather quickly. Decanting is always a good option. On the nose you have lemon curd, a touch of apple, croissants and a slight ozone note. There are delicate florals, minerals, and that smell of underground Loire cellar. This greets the mouth with so much pleasure - it also has a medium texture, but higher acidity that lifts it up and gives it much more vibrancy. The mouth-watering acidity really lingers as well, showing off its zesty characteristics. It is an amazing wine. Zero sulfites, unfiltered and unfined.
Renaud Guettier has close to 6ha of vineyards in the Coteaux-du-Loir. He is the only person with vineyards in his tiny village of Bueil-en-Touraine – many were ripped out years ago to plant other crops. La Grapperie was born in 2004, when he took over a plot of old vines. The Chenin was planted in 1902 and the Pineau d’Aunis planted in 1904. The soils are made up of clay and limestone, but particularly silex, which gives the wines an intense minerality, especially with his Chenin. He farms organically, and does everything by hand. On the side, he also farms around 100ha of organic crops such as wheat and rapeseed. All his wines are made without additions, zero sulfites, and are never fined or filtered.