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2011 COTEAUX DU LAYON, Chaume, Domaine des Forges. Loire

Bin:  915

Alcohol percentage:  12%


Coteaux du Layon is an appellation for delicate, fresh sweet wines made from Chenin Blanc, in the Anjou section of the Loire Valley (the Layon river is a tributary of the Loire). Chaume is a sub-region within CdL. Growers are attempting to allow the wines to be called simply ‘Chaume’, although my feeling is that the existing name may carry more value in the general market. (There is already a special enclave which has the appellation ‘Quarts de Chaume’)

Grape variety:

100% Chenin Blanc aged in large (450 litre) oak barrels


A family-owned estate in the village of St Aubin de Luigné, near Rochefort-sur-Loire. Claude and Stéphane Branchereau made several sweet wines from around 40 hectares, as well as some dry Savennières and some reds. This wine is made from botrytised grapes, with several ‘tries’ (pickings) necessary to pick out the sweetest, most concentrated bunches

Maturity potential:

2012-2022. Chenin Blanc, even when light, can aged for years

Food match:

Really very fresh and delicate style – so stick to lighter, fruit-based desserts

Press review:

“This has a fine definition of character on the nose, all polished quince and sweet honey, with that wonderful quartz-like herbal tea nuance that these wines may sometimes possess. Smoky, minerally and on the palate sweet and golden, with a very broad, pithy, grippy character. The substance of the wine at its core has a very fine and reserved, pithy, grippy substance which gives it a lot of backbone around which the honeyed sweetness sits very well. Chaume truly is a favoured terroir, and this example has a pleasing, bold, grippy, mineral-infused finish. Very good. From a Loire 2009 tasting. 17/20” – www.winedoctor.com


£18.05 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.10 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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