Touraine Chenonceaux Blanc


The Chenonceaux appellation, named after the famous Loire castle, comes from the steepest slopes, closest to the Cher with a 3-7% grade incline. The vines are required to be planted at a minimum density of 5,500 plants per hectare. This means that the yields average one liter of juice per vine. Leclair does a 6-8 hour maceration on skin and then the wine is aged for six months on the lees.  The appellation started in 2011 with twelve growers and now there are approximately fifty bottling in this new appellation. The Rochette Chenonceaux is excellent and remarkable for it's texture that has the weight of a rich Chenin. It has notes of pink grapefruit, white flowers and mint, and a saltiness that makes your mouth water. Substantial length. Super interesting!

92 points
"Bright light golden hue. Pure and intense nose, rather ripe almost tropical notes of fresh pineapple, peach, confit de citron and some grassy notes. Good bite on the palate, rather full yet fresh with fine extract, lingering stone fruit flavors and a vigorous long finish."
A. Larson,
90 points
"Based in the Cher Valley, Vincent Leclair grows this sauvignon near the Château du Chenonceau. From its honeycomb scent to its bright grapefruit-pith acidity, this has a rich and tangy contrast that would work well with fresh goat cheese."
Joshua Greene,
Wine & Spirits
, April 2020
90 points
"This cru wine from vineyards around the village of Chenonceaux is perfumed, richly textured and developing well into a concentrated and full-bodied wine. Drink now."
Roger Voss,
Wine Enthusiast
, January 2020

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National Portfolio
Sauvignon Blanc
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