Coteaux du Layon Wine
Cyrille Lecointre is an eighth-generation vigneron who took over the running of Château La Tomaze from his father Vincent in 2016. Today, his vine holdings extend to 10 hectares planted on gravelly soils on both banks of the river Layon. Since the 2017 vintage, all of Cyrille's wines have been certified as organic and the grapes are hand-harvested by triage whereby there are successive 'combings' of the vines to only pick perfectly ripe fruit each time. The main focus here is on Chenin Blanc which produces superb sweet wines especially when the Botrytis Cinerea fungus (Noble Rot) absorbs moisture from the grapes and increases the concentration of natural sugars.
The principal sweet wine here in terms of the production is called 'Atomes Crochus' (which roughly translates as 'kindred spirits') and its gently-honeyed orchard fruit is underscored by a fresh acidity which means it works well as an aperitif as well as a partner to fruit-based desserts. Not to be overlooked is the flagship 'Cuvée des Lys': a late-harvest bottling made from low yields of fully-mature fruit. With a golden colour and diverse aromas of dried fruit, roasted nuts and wild flowers, it has a terrific concentration of poached pear and candied apple flavours preceding a long, elegant finish. It makes a decadent finale to any meal and can cellar well for 20 years or longer.