Domaine de Clayou - Coteaux du Layon 2021
Domaine de Clayou rests on 35 hectares in St. Lambert du Lattay in the heart of the Anjou. The estate is farmed by Jean-Bernard and Catherine Chauvin along with their son, Denis. Denis is the fourth generation of the family to work the vines on this estate which was founded in 1920 by his great grandfather with just 8 hectares. Jean-Bernard took over as the head of the domain in 1984. Since 2000, Domaine de Clayou has been certified sustainable by Terra Vitis, an organization that stresses the fair treatment of employees along with avoiding chemical treatments in the vines. The Chauvin’s 20-45 year old vines are planted on schist and limestone soils across the appellations of Anjou and Coteaux du Layon. They harvest their grapes manually and the wines are vinified in a combination of concrete and fiberglass-lined underground tanks.
Domaine de Clayou's Coteaux du Layon is made from 100% Chenin Blanc grown on clay and schist soil in the heart of Saint Lambert du Lattay in Coteaux du Layon. The grapes are sorted multiple times before harvest; only fully ripe and over ripe bunches are selected, fermented with native yeasts, and aged on the lees for 6 months, racked, and aged a further 3 months before bottling. In the glass the wine shows a lovely golden color with striking aromas of overripe peaches, apricots and white flowers. The palate displays an exceptional balance of sugar and acidity with a lovely creamy texture that allows the sweet fruit and floral flavors to shine. Enjoy with artisanal cheeses or fruit-based desserts.