Bordeaux native Thibaud Boudignon is one of the most exciting up-and-coming producers in the Loire Valley. He has been producing organic and biodynamic wines under his own name since 2009 and emphasizes a minimalist mentality in his cellar. ‘La Vigne Cendrée’ is Thibauld’s smallest parcel (0.5 hectares) and is located on a small hillside in the commune of Savennieres. Here, purple schist, granite, and clay silt soils dominate the terrain. Fruit is aged in a combination of barrels and foudre, none of which is new. The wine is generous and mineral-driven, marked by tense acidity and a solid structure. This is Loire Valley Chenin in one of its finest forms.