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Clement Baraut, Petites Coulees, 2018

Rich, Complex, Layered

Farming

Organic/Biodynamic

Producer

Clement Baraut

Grape

Chenin Blanc

Wine Type

White

Country

France

Region

Savennières Roche aux Maines AOC, Loire

Vintage

2018

Alcohol

13.5%

Size

75cl

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.

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