La Garreliere Le P'tit Chenin
Domaine de la Garrelière is the home of François and Pascaline Plouzeau. Located near the village of Richelieu south of Tours, this little winery is making big waves in the sommelier community. Vines have thrived on this site since the days of Cardinal Richelieu in the early 1600's. Today the 20 hectares of vineyards are managed according to sustainable principles without the aid of any chemicals or pesticides. François, a modest winemaker, harvests his grapes only when they are perfectly ripe. His approach in the winery is minimalist and traditional.
This cuvée comes from Pascale & François’ youngest Chenin Blanc vines. At 5-10 years old, they’re already producing delicious fruit, but without the concentration of their older vines. The grapes are crushed and after a short maceration period, the juice is pressed into stainless steel for fermentation. The wine is then racked into large format oak for a short élevage.