Coteaux du Layon: Château la Tomaze 'Atomes Crochus' 2020
A clear, pale Coteaux du Layon wine from pure late-harvested Chenin Blanc, with appealing orchard fruit aromas and a gently-honeyed, stone-fruit palate underscored by a fresh acidity. Certified organic.
The Lecointre family's principal Coteaux du Layon bottling, in volume terms, is simply labelled as 'Atomes Crochus' (roughly translated as 'having something in common with') - a classic sweet Loire Chenin with delicate floral aromas and a fresh, clean, gently-honeyed palate. In situ this is served as an aperitif or accompaniment to foie gras, but it works equally well as a versatile partner to fruit-based desserts and hard cheeses.
|Style||White Wine, Moelleux, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Coteaux du Layon|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chenin Blanc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese, Dessert|
|Cellarage||Intended for youthful drinking, it will nevertheless age happily for three to five years.|
|Vinification||Low yields of hand harvested, botrytised grapes from 25 year old vines are given a light pneumatic pressing prior to the juice being fermented and then filtered and bottled late the following spring.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||11.5|
Cyrille Lecointre is an eighth generation Angevin grower who recently took over Château La Tomaze from his highly-regarded father, Vincent, a former president of the Coteaux du Layon appellation. Joined by his American wife, Kimberly (who also teaches business English part-time), Cyrille has set about re-energising the estate with a conversion to organic (effective from 2017), streamlining of the cuvées and smart new labels. The domaine, situated in Le Champ-sur-Layon, makes a carefully crafted Cabernet d'Anjou rosé alongside elegant Coteaux du Layon sweet wines.
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