A Wine That
exemplifies why Chenin is one of the greatest varieties in the world. Salty, mineral and ethereal, with passionfruit seeds, hazelnut skin and apple flesh. This is like reading a great novel for the first time — as soon as it's over, you'll be wistfully wanting more. A wine for dreamers and lovers; escapism in a bottle...
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- Winemaker: Terre de Elu
Where and How?
This is Chenin Blanc from low yielding 80-year-old vines; the treasures of the domaine. Pressed slowly and fermented naturally in 10hL sandstone amphorae. Aged for 12 months in 140L clay jar amphorae.
Photograph by Leigh-Ann Beverley
The Winemaker: Terre de L'Elu
When you fall in love with a terroir, you have to let it shine. For Charlotte and Thomas of Terre de l'Elu, that meant no additions, no commercial yeasts — a little hand every now and then, sure, but no more.
It hasn’t been an easy ride in the last couple of years. The Estate was once called Clos d’Élu, but they had to drop their "Clos" and rename it "Terre" when they made the difficult decision to leave their appellation (meaning their wines are now marked Vin de France on the label, instead of with their regional village). Although they might not want to, sometimes rules are made to be broken; even more so when it comes to the tricky waters of wine politics.
“We decided to keep hold of our freedom, and to follow our customers instead of the regional board.”
It wasn't an easy choice by any means, but it has allowed Charlotte and Thomas to be released from their shackles. They're exactly where they always wanted to be:
“I’m always hoping to feel an emotion. I often compare it with the feeling of looking at my children, when you just think ‘wow.’ The wine should make you feel the same – and not because it's the best, or perfect. We like some imperfections, they give the wine its charm.”