Coteaux du Layon: 'Cuvée des Lys' Château la Tomaze 2016
The Lecointre flagship wine is their prized 'Cuvée des Lys' that comes from select parcels of late-harvested, botrytised grapes. It has a complex, dried fruit bouquet and a powerful, persistent palate of raisins nuts and minerals. It will age almost indefinitely and is best enjoyed as a decadent post-prandial bonne bouche.
Cyrille and Kimberly Lecointre have recently taken on the mantle of running this family domaine with enthusiasm. A conversion to organic farming that applies to the 2017 vintage onwards and a slight restructuring of their range are early initiatives.
|Style||White Wine, Moelleux, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Coteaux du Layon|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chenin Blanc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Blue Cheese, Dessert, Fruit|
|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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