La Bodice 2017
A Wine That
is crisp and fresh - like biting into a honeydew melon that's had some lime juice drizzled on it and been sprinkled with some mint leaves. After a while in the glass, it opens up with subtle nuances of almonds and honey that flirt their way into the picture. There is also structure here: a subtle tannic profile that gives the wine backbone. Complex and ever-evolving, it's a wine to take your time with - one to get to know.
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- Winemaker: Hervé Villemade
Where and How?
From a single vineyard in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire, this is around 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay. Hervé chooses this vineyard for this cuvée as he feels it produces the most powerful expression of the grape varieties.
Direct pressed and aged in vats and old wooden barrels on the lees for additional complexity.
Hervé Villemade adopted organic farming and natural winemaking practices in the 90s, for his 22 hectares of vines in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire. His vineyards are planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Menu Pineau, Romorantin, Côt, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Chenin Blanc. Soils here divide roughly between sandy-flint and clayey-flint. Vines are spaced relatively wide at two metres, and even wider for the older vines that comprise the historical heart of the estate.
His chief concern, as he’s expanded over the years, has been minimizing frost risk. It was frost losses that impelled him, in 2002, to partner with sommelier-turned-winemaker Olivier Lemasson to found Les Vins Contés, a négoçiant business that Lemasson continued after the pair parted ways in 2006. Villemade founded his own négoçiant company in 2008, which he continues to this day. Not all purchases have organic certification, although he emphasises that all grapes are farmed organically.