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Coteaux du Layon AOC "Sweet Royal"

Grape variety : Chenin Blanc

Age of vineyards : The average age of the vineyards which produce this vintage is 45 years.

Farming mode : Fertilizer is not used and instead the ground is worked to have the best expression of the schist soil.

Peculiarities : The concentration of this wine is due to a fungus, botrytis cinerea known as the "noble rot". This develops late in autumn on bunches of grapes, but not all at once. It is thus necessary to harvest the vineyard several times to collect only berries dried out by the botrytis. The stages are known as "sortings". This vintage Sweet Royal is from the fourth "sort" and results in an incredible richness of 22 ° sugar.

Winemaking type : Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank under low temperature.

Maturing type : This vintage is bottled in spring following its harvest. Bottles then came down in subterranean ageing-cellars to reach the maturity wished.

Storage : To drink now or to age 10 years and more according to the cellar.

Drinking suggestions : Serve cooled for an aperitif. It accompanies well a foie gras and a dessert.