Domaine Belargus

Écharderie

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Type:

still wine

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Color:

white

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Appellation:

Coteaux du Layon-Chaume 1er Cru

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Region:

France > Loire > Anjou

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Grape varieties

Chenin Blanc

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Belargus owns a tiny plot (0.35ha) of Chaume 1er Cru that surround sthe place called "L’Echarderie", which used to be, until the French revolution, the cellar of the lords of Haute-Guerche (who were farming the Chaume vineyards on behalf of the Ronceray Abbey).

The marriage of schist and puddingstone in the soils gives this cuvée a mineral complexity and a slight bitterness on the palate. It is is a sweet wine fermented and aged in oak barrels. The result is a wine with a complex structure, showing aromas of caramel and mocha. The sweet mouth lengthens on a marked bitterness, typical of the soils of Chaume. The 2018 vintage was historic, in Anjou as in many French regions, with good yields and exceptional grape quality. The winter had started early and was quite cold, with severe frosts. The land was thus opened, allowing nitrogen fertilization as well as soil oxygenation. Generous rains helped building a comfortable water reserve. The hot and humid spring allowed the vines to grow well, but also brought strong mildew pressure, especially in June. The summer was particularly hot and dry, but the vines did not suffer thanks to the sufficient accumulated reserves. The dry wines harvest began on September 10th and went on for twenty days without a single drop of rain, perfect conditions which allowed optimal management of the ripeness.

Styles


Dessert wine
Classic

Hard facts


Practicing biodynamic
Hand harvest
Native yeast
Practicing organic
unfined

Vineyard


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Exposure:

southwest

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Age of the vines:

8 and 40 years

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Slope:

10-30% incline

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Soil:

silt and clay over schist

Winemaking


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Harvest:

October 17, 2018

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Bottling:

October 23, 2019

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Elevage:

neutral oak

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Winemaking notes:

Spontaneous fermentation, no fining

Elevage details:

Aged for 13 months on lees in demi-muids of 600, 500 and 400l, 3 years-old on average

Facts


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ABV:

12.93%

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Total Acidity:

2.8g/l

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Residual sugar:

90.5g/l

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Production (~bottles per year):

1150

About Domaine Belargus

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Domaine Belargus, although a fairly new project (started in 2018), is one of the leading producers of Chenin Blanc in 'Anjou Noir'. It was developed out of the wine estate of Jo Pithon, one of the trailblazers of Anjou. Using Pithon's estate as the core, a Parisian businessman and big time wine enthusiast, Ivan Massonat, rejuvanated the estate and build Belargus.

Today, the estate is built around some of the most spectacular Chenin Blanc vineyard sites in the Loire. The filet and monopole is Les Treilles hillside, that was resurrected by Pithon over the years and is part of the natural reserve. Other vineyards are also of high pedigree: Savennières, Quarts de Chaume, Coteaux-du-Layon, Bonne Blanche, etc.  The domaine produces Chenin Blanc exclusively, with the vast majority vinified dry, even when coming from the Grand Cru of Quarts de Chaume, which is normally used for dessert wines. Of course, there are some dessert wines as well.

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