Savennières – Le Clos du Papillon
400 meters away from Moulin du Gué and located on the hillside, this Clos is only shared by three producers – Baumard and Domaine du Closel are the two others. Filled with volcanic rocks and deep schistous soils, the vineyard is known for its classically dense Savennières wines. The grapes are manually harvested by successive passes through the vineyard. Some of them have a little botrytis, which brings complexity and richness to the wine. During the fermentation, the temperature is closely monitored to highlight Chenin’s natural aromas. The wine goes through partial malolactic fermentation, and is aged on the lees for about 11 months in 400 liter barrels, with some bâtonnage. This Savennières benefits from decanting. Drink young within 4 years, or wait 8 to 10 years for tertiary aromas. 416 cases produced.
About the Producer
Domaine des Forges has been run by the Branchereau family since 1890. The domaine, now in the hands of Stéphane Branchereau and his wife Séverine, spreads over 47 ha of vineyards: a little Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, some Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and 27 ha of Chenin Blanc. The Chenin parcels include 3 ha in Quarts de Chaume and other plots in three separate crus of Savennières: Moulin du Gué, Clos du Papillon and Roche aux Moines. Domaine des Forges crafts three outstanding single-vineyard Savennières from these parcels.
Farming practices: sustainable. Grass is allowed to grow between the rows in order to avoid erosion and improve the health of the soil. Preventive health techniques are used, such as ébourgeonnage (the removal of unwanted new vine shoots) and effeuillage (the removal of old leaves). No herbicides or pesticides are used.
Domaine des Forges
Three terroirs: Le Clos du Papillon, Le Moulin du Gué, La Roche aux Moines