Domaine de la Bonnelière, Saumur Blanc, Les Perruchers, Loire, France, 2016
Six metres under the earth, dug out of the soft local 'tuffeau' limestone, are the cellars of the Domaine de la Bonnelière.
Here in the calm, cool, dark cellars the wine rests awaiting its moment of bottling. It is the end of a journey that Anthony and Cédric Bonneau start in their vineyards in the heart of Saumur where in the heart of Saumur they lovingly cultivate their land, sandwiched between the Loire and its tributary the Thouet. Watched over by these rivers, the brothers respect the land, appreciating its potential, and work with it to create some of the great wines of the Saumur.
All of the work in the vineyard is carried out with quality in mind but not at the expense of the environment which their take great to protect. Using “Méthode Raisonnée” to ensure only the very minimum of treatments are used. The rows between vines are grassed over to ensure protection of the soil and nutrients.
After a gentle pressing in pneumatic press, fermentation is in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats, with maturation in oak barriques in the domaine's rock-hewn cellars.
% wine oaked: 30
% new oak: None
An elegant golden colour. Powerful, this wine develops a great aromatic complexity of white and candied fruits. This complexity extends into a fleshy palate, spicy and harmonious.
Veal or guinea fowl in a creamy sauce.
Chenin Blanc 100%
6 x 75cl