Region: France/ Loire
Color/Style: White, Medium Bodied
Grapes: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
The fruit is from two parcels, all from Coteaux du Layon. Because it is vinified dry, the wine must be declassified as Anjou Blanc. Average age of the vines is 50+ years. Aged on the lees in used 400 L barrels for 12 months followed by two months in stainless steel before bottling.
Domaine de la Bergerie has been a family estate since 1961, first purchased by Marie-Scholastique Horeau and eventually passed down to her grandson, Yves Guégniard, with his wife, Marie-Annick. A family affair, in 2018, Yves passed the reins to their daughters Anne and Marie.
The estate is in the heart of Côteaux du Layon, in the Anjou region of the central Loire Valley, and encompasses the famed Clos de la Bergerie. It has always adhered to a high standard of excellence, including green harvesting, strict sorting, and separate vinification of each parcel. They were certified organic in 2016, and the vineyards spread throughout multiple appellations, including Anjou (blanc and rouge), Savennières, Côteaux du Layon, and Quarts de Chaume. From soils of schist and clay, Chenin Blanc makes up the majority of their plantings, joined by other varietals, such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grolleau.