Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wine of the Week - Laffourcade Bonnezeaux

Bonnezeaux is a little-known appellation producing sweet wine from Chenin Blanc in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley. Low yields, hand harvesting, and ideally the presence of noble rot mean that this is a labor-intensive wine that sees low production. Simply put - it's rare. Situated on 20 hectares of schist soils mixed with the more unusual element of quartz, Laffourcade's Bonnezeaux property features pristine southern exposure slopes for its Chenin.

The prestigious appellation of Bonnezeaux lies in the heart of the Loire Valley’s Chenin Blanc region and is spread over three hills that overlook the Layon River. The AOC sits on approximately 110 hectares of land within the Coteaux de Layon. Within this area Pascal Laffourcade has launched the second arm of his ambitious project to create wines from the three most prestigious Chenin crus of the Anjou region: Quarts de Chaume, Bonnezeaux, and Savennières.

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