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Coteaux du Layon Saint Aubin, Domaine Cady 2015

White Wine from France - Loire
Now certified organic, the Cady family vineyards specialise in sweet chenin blanc, here with circa 90 grams of residual sugar balanced by gorgeous citrus-zest freshness and flavour.
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Code: LO13141

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 6/7 - Dessert sweetness
  • Chenin Blanc
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Domaine Cady

Since 1927, four generations of the Cady family have run this estate, with Alexandre Cady most recently taking over from his father, Philippe.

Situated in the hills of Coteaux du Layon, an appellation by the Layon River in the Loire’s Anjou region, there are 22 hectares under vine. The majority of these are chenin blanc, planted on some of the finest schist, quartz and Varennes stone slopes of Saint-Aubin and Chaume, as well as a chunk of cabernet franc and small amounts of gamay, chardonnay and grolleau.

Grapes are harvested by hand, with the chenin blanc for the Coteaux du Layon undergoing several pickings to select only the ones affected by the right level of noble rot.

In the winery, the grapes are vinified in temperature-controlled glass-lined underground vats for freshness, after which the wine matures on its lees, adding richness and a concentrated creamy texture to the fruity, honeyed character.

Loire Valley Vintage 2015

Two great vintages in a row and throughout the Loire Valley is an unexpected bonus and another year that’s good for reds is great news. The whites have the freshness of 2014 but are a little more sweeter-fruited and friendlier, with a little less acidity than the more classic 2014s. In Vouvray there hasn’t been a vintage since 1997 to have the level and quality of nobly-rotted grapes for making moelleux-style wines.

Muscadet, which is at last seeing the first signs of revival after many years in the doldrums with investment from both new, young and seasoned, well-established growers, fared well. 2015 is a little lower in acidity than 2014, though without the atypical richness of 2009 and 2010, and many will prefer it.

The lower acidity throughout the valley in 2015 has produced earlier-drinking, friendlier wines across all grape varieties, but early tastings suggested no loss of the Loire’s appetising food-friendliness.

2015 vintage reviews

The Wine Gang

With its blisteringmix of ripe baked apple, bright and steely acidity and zingy orange and lemontanginess, this sweet Loire chenin from the Cady family will be in its elementwith a piece of strong tangy...
With its blisteringmix of ripe baked apple, bright and steely acidity and zingy orange and lemontanginess, this sweet Loire chenin from the Cady family will be in its elementwith a piece of strong tangy hard cheese or a bowl of apple pie or both.
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- The Wine Gang

JancisRobinson.com

Honeyed, peach,simple sweetness but the balance of acidity is tremendous. Not at all cloying.Lovely long honeycomb notes to finish.

17/20 Richard Hemming

Scotland on Sunday

{Domaine Cady} showswhat brilliant dessert - botrytis influenced - wines chenin blanc can produce,with [this] bold and complex [wine]. This beautifully balances white peach andapple acidity with honey,...
{Domaine Cady} showswhat brilliant dessert - botrytis influenced - wines chenin blanc can produce,with [this] bold and complex [wine]. This beautifully balances white peach andapple acidity with honey, sultana and cinder toffee sweetness wrapped in a creamytexture - the better to show off the versatility of this hugely impressive'born again' grape variety.
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- Brian Elliott

Living France Magazine

Finding good sweetwine at an affordable price is no mean feat. This Coteaux du Layon is abrilliant buy, packing oodles of peach and honeycomb flavour into the glass andgiving a long, luscious finish. It...
Finding good sweetwine at an affordable price is no mean feat. This Coteaux du Layon is abrilliant buy, packing oodles of peach and honeycomb flavour into the glass andgiving a long, luscious finish. It has 90 grams of sugar per litre, which isabout the same level as Port - so it is very much a dessert wine, would be aperfect match with treacle tart.
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- Richard Hemming

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