Coteaux du Layon Wine

Coteaux du Layon Wine

Cyrille Lecointre is the current patron of Château La Tomaze, based in the village of Champ-sur-Layon 30 kilometres south of Angers. Here, he farms 10 hectares of vines on gravelly soils – located on both banks of the river – and practises organic viticulture to produce wines of finesse and elegance with terrific ageing potential. His principal bottling, in volume terms, is called 'Atomes Crochus' and is made from pure Chenin Blanc that is hand-harvested at optimum ripeness. The finished wine drinks well from release and is pale, fresh, fruity and gently-honeyed. It is light enough to be enjoyable as an apéritif but also makes a fine accompaniment to fruit-based puddings. It can be cellared for up to a decade and gains colour and complexity with age.

In favourable vintages, when morning mists induce sufficient botrytis to enrich whole bunches of grapes, Cyrille produces his flagship 'Cuvée des Lys' (a play on the word 'Délice'), a rich, late-harvested vin de garde that can be matured for 20 years. With a complex bouquet of quince, citrus peel and fennel and a diverse palate of dried fruit, honey, nuts and minerals underscored by fine acidity, it drinks well on its own or as a digestif at the end of a family meal.

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