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Touraine Chenonceaux, Domaine de la Renaudie 2016

White Wine from France - Loire
A smart Sancerre alternative from two pioneers of this new Loire appellation. This complex sauvignon blanc has creamy texture on the palate and a well-founded mineral backbone ensuring food-friendliness as well as refreshment!
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Code: LO14251

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Domaine de la Renaudie

An estate that consistently wins the enthusiasm of our members, Domaine de la Renaudie is in fact itself owned by a family of wine enthusiasts in the form of husband-and-wife partnership Patricia and Bruno Denis and their daughter Charlotte. It was established in 1928 by Albert Denis, with just two hectares.

Charlotte returned to the family domaine in 2016 to take over the winemaking from Patricia and Bruno, who still prefers his work in the vineyards. This is a modest family-run operation, but one that has worked hard over the years to develop the quality and character of their wines, drawing on their experience further afield in the industry (Patricia trained in Bordeaux, Charlotte did placements in Rutherglen and the Cape). Their intentions are simple: to make elegant wines that will bring pleasure to lovers both of wine and of life. Since Charlotte joined her parents, crops have been planted between the vines for nitrogen or water retention, and no sulphur is used during fermentation, giving the wines a readier, fruity expression.

Situated in Mareuil-sur-Cher in the south of the Touraine region of Val de Loire, their vineyards lie on the slopes of the river Cher’s left bank in the terroir de Chenonceaux (the new appellation which Patricia was involved in establishing, releasing the first vintage in 2011). They farm 30 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which are sauvignon blanc and gamay, plus cabernet and malbec and small amounts of chenin blanc, chardonnay, pinot...
An estate that consistently wins the enthusiasm of our members, Domaine de la Renaudie is in fact itself owned by a family of wine enthusiasts in the form of husband-and-wife partnership Patricia and Bruno Denis and their daughter Charlotte. It was established in 1928 by Albert Denis, with just two hectares.

Charlotte returned to the family domaine in 2016 to take over the winemaking from Patricia and Bruno, who still prefers his work in the vineyards. This is a modest family-run operation, but one that has worked hard over the years to develop the quality and character of their wines, drawing on their experience further afield in the industry (Patricia trained in Bordeaux, Charlotte did placements in Rutherglen and the Cape). Their intentions are simple: to make elegant wines that will bring pleasure to lovers both of wine and of life. Since Charlotte joined her parents, crops have been planted between the vines for nitrogen or water retention, and no sulphur is used during fermentation, giving the wines a readier, fruity expression.

Situated in Mareuil-sur-Cher in the south of the Touraine region of Val de Loire, their vineyards lie on the slopes of the river Cher’s left bank in the terroir de Chenonceaux (the new appellation which Patricia was involved in establishing, releasing the first vintage in 2011). They farm 30 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which are sauvignon blanc and gamay, plus cabernet and malbec and small amounts of chenin blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and pineau d’aunis. There has always been malbec planted - a favourite of Albert Denis, whose name is honoured on the varietal bottling - and it is now benefiting from the impact of climate change, allowing less extraction. Sustainable practices are followed, with certification from Terra Vitis for many years, and HVE from the 2020 vintage.

The sandy clay soils are covered with stones that capture heat from the sunshine and release it at night to keep temperatures moderated in the vineyard. Combined with the continental, temperate climate, this means that grapes can ripen slowly and retain their natural aromatic character.

Visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome in the tasting room and cellar - look out for the green bottle roadsign in the garden of the Denis' home.
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Loire Valley Vintage 2016 Anjou Touraine

Perhaps more than any year in recent memory, the Loire was hit with pretty much everything in 2016; a wet early season, early spring frosts and cool temperatures at flowering affecting quantities in places. But luckily a fine end to a challenging season brought huge sighs of relief to growers who managed each new threat with vigilance and patience. Early tastings have shown good, clean fruit in an appealing style which should provide plenty of pleasure in the short to mid term.

The 2016 growing season was one of the most complicated in living memory. Loire vignerons are made of stern stuff and rose to the challenge, despite widespread despondency at the end of August after a heatwave with exceptionally high temperatures that felt like the last straw. Spring was very wet, many appellations were hit by severe frost in April, and it was cool around the critical flowering period, by which time many were already looking at a reduced crop. Severe drought followed and vines – and growers –...
Perhaps more than any year in recent memory, the Loire was hit with pretty much everything in 2016; a wet early season, early spring frosts and cool temperatures at flowering affecting quantities in places. But luckily a fine end to a challenging season brought huge sighs of relief to growers who managed each new threat with vigilance and patience. Early tastings have shown good, clean fruit in an appealing style which should provide plenty of pleasure in the short to mid term.

The 2016 growing season was one of the most complicated in living memory. Loire vignerons are made of stern stuff and rose to the challenge, despite widespread despondency at the end of August after a heatwave with exceptionally high temperatures that felt like the last straw. Spring was very wet, many appellations were hit by severe frost in April, and it was cool around the critical flowering period, by which time many were already looking at a reduced crop. Severe drought followed and vines – and growers – were ready to give up, when miraculously, a sprinkling of reviving rain arrived, accompanied by fine weather with cooler evenings, and then a little more rain to help to ripen the grapes and boost the size of the crop.
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