About Le Fief Noir 2018 Chenin Blanc, L'Ame de Fond, Anjou
Le Fief Noir is the realization of a dream of two young wine makers, Dominique Sirot and Alexis Soulas, who met one another while working in Corsica. After visiting dozens of estates with available land, the two of them felt strongly drawn to Anjou as a place where they wanted to settle, raise families, and make expressive, terroir-driven wines. Their 50 acre domain is located in the village of St-Lambert du Lattay, in the heart of the “Anjou Noir,” which takes its name from the black Schist soil that dominates the terroir here. This soil is ideal for Chenin Blanc which can obtain its ideal richness here, balanced with bright minerality and acidity. Dominque and Alexis work organically and all the vineyard work and harvest is conducted manually.
L'Ame de Fond is 100% Chenin Blanc from 45 year old vines planted to the local black schist. A few days before harvest, green harvest is conducted to eliminate all but the healthiest bunches. Harvest is conducted by hand into 12kg crates to avoid crushing berries, and all botrytised fruit is eliminated. Direct press, followed by natural yeast fermentation and malolactic in tanks. The wine is then aged for 12 months, 2/3 in barrels, and 1/3 in jars.
This wine shows the richmess and body that will mor remind you of a Cote D'Or white than a Loire white. Jasmine, golden apple, bosc pear and toasted almonds array the palate.