Clément Baraut has been instrumental in Savennières’ progress as an
appellation since he first arrived there in 1989 from Bordeaux.
Initially a consultant oenologist, he progressively convinced vignerons
in Savennières (and Anjou) to harvest earlier (noble rot was
traditionally used) and implement a stringent selection process.
A devotee of biodynamics, he bought his first vines in Bonnezeaux in
2007, and when Nicolas Joly approached him to sell 2ha in the lieu-dit
of Le Pitrouillet, a parcel that had been farmed biodynamically for
over 30 years, he jumped at the chance. Clément’s approach in the
cellar is low-key; he wants his winemaking to be as transparent as
possible. The grapes are harvested in two 'tries' to guarantee optimum
ripeness, and botrytis affected grapes are meticulously removed.
He is one of only 8 vignerons to own a parcel (0.4ha) in the
prestigious Roche Aux Moines (33ha) that was recently awarded Grand Cru
status. Harvested from perfectly ripe, botrytis-free grapes and
fermented dry. Rich but balanced and very long, this is a sensational
wine that will need some time in a glass or carafe to unwind. Pinch of
sulphur added at bottling only.