Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wine of the Week: Benoît Mérias Montlouis "Les Quartes"

What could be more perfect than a bright Chenin Blanc in the middle of summer? With it's refreshing acidity and precise minerality, the Benoît Mérias Montlouis Les Quartes is an ideal featured wine for this week. Grapes used for this Chenin Blanc are between 40 and 80 years old, and the vineyard management along with the harvest are all done by hand. This attention to detail is evident in the beautiful wine that is made. While this Chenin Blanc is released young, compared to other notable Chenin, the 11 months it sits on its lees contributes to its rounded mouth feel and beautiful texture. The Benoît Mérias Les Quartes is just another extraordinary example of the versatile Chenin Blanc. 

After a career as a teacher in a small village in the Aveyron, Benoît Mérias decided to start over, reinventing himself as a winemaker. He started to work at the Cave Coopérative de Marsillac, then trained in Amboise. After his graduation from that program, Benoît earned his stripes at Domaine de la Taille aux Loups in Montlouis before taking over 6 ha of Chenin in Saint Martin le Beau in 2011. The different soils and terroirs give Benoît the change to create different cuvées;from sand to siliceous, siliceous to flint on clay bedrock soils, Benoît’swines are always bright and mineral.


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