100% Romorantin. This grape is an ancient and now rare local Loire variety, essentially saved by Cazin and a couple of other growers who fought to save their old vines as well as the variety as a whole by establishing an appellation to feature exclusively Romorantin. Cour Cheverny has only existed since 1997. Cazin's vines range widely in age, planted from 1928 up through 2003 thus far, on limestone-rich clay soils. Romorantin is naturally high in acidity and minerality; like Chenin Blanc, it can be dry, steely and zingy, though always with underlying ripe-apple or honeyed, or off-dry to sweet, but always with a solid acid-mineral core. This bottling is François's dry version (Cuvée Renaissance made in the best years is the botrytized, semi-dry version made from his oldest plot of vines).
Harvested by hand; fermented in steel tank with native yeasts. The wine is aged on its lees without stirring in 20-25-hectoliter foudres for 6 months, returned to undergound concrete tank for a year and then bottled by gravity and without filtration.
Le Petit Chambord (on every Cazin label) is the historical name of the family property.