Grapes Chenin Blanc
Region Loire, France
Style Still, White
Any added sulphites 62 mg/Litre
Tasting notes A classic Vouvray sec, complex and concentrated with vibrant acidity which gives it a rich mouthfeel and long finish. Citrus fruit, light bitter-lemon finish, balanced on a base of saline minerality. Drink at 10° C. Aging potential (10 years minimum)
American Peter Hahn took over the two-hectare estate of Le Clos De La Meslerie in 2002, transforming it from an industrially maintained vineyard to one run along organic principles.
Vineyards have existed on the land since the early 17th century, and wines have been made there ever since. Hahn wanted to create wines that reflect that history, using 20 to 60-year-old vines. He wanted to create distinctive wines with an individual personality, using simple, natural techniques. Hahn likes to think of it as a “micro-domain” in organic farming, with small-scale production of high-quality artisan wines.
Le Clos De La Meslerie features four plots of vines, each with slightly different flint-clay soil composures. From this, Hahn only produces one wine every year, a Chenin Blanc. In 2013, the estate produced its first sparkling wine.
As an organic producer, Hahn does not use herbicides or pesticides, and he only ever harvests by hand and uses a manual press. To reinforce the unique character of his wines, each bottle is numbered.