Chenin Blanc is a versatile white-wine grape variety that has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years. It is most commonly associated with France’s Loire Valley, and its high acidity levels mean it can be vinified in a number of different styles: as lusciously sweet, botrytis-affected dessert wines, light, honeyed sparkling wines and as full-bodied, still white wines.
Fabrice Gasnier is the fourth generation to farm this small estate of 17 hectares (42 acres) in Chinon. Within a few years of taking the reins, Fabrice began experimenting with biodynamic farming, and in 2000, began the transformation of all of his vineyards to this rigorous practice. The entire domaine received both “Ecocert” and “Demeter” certification in 2008.
Le Coteau de Sonnay has a nice golden yellow with aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom, pear and delicate toasted notes. In mouth a good consistent balanced acidity and a round velvety mouthful. Flavours of lemon, honey, orange peel, pink grapefruit with a bit of nuttiness at the finish.