Domaine aux Moines Savennieres Roche aux Moines 2021


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“Unfortunately, Tessa Laroche lost 50% of the crop due to early frost. The 2021 Savennières-Roche aux Moines possesses a deep, wild bouquet with aromas of fennel, spices, pear and caramel intertwined with lactic notes with aeration. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and balanced, it’s satiny with a phenolic, long finish. Although it lacks depth and precision, it remains a good effort, given the vintage. Drink: 2023-2035. 90 points

In 2003, Tessa Laroche, a trained enologist, returned to her family estate after gaining a wealth of experience. Beautifully located in Roche-aux-Moines, the estate spans 12.8 hectares of vineyards, primarily facing south-southeast on sandy schist soil, with eight hectares entirely enclosed by walls. Adhering to organic farming principles and incorporating certain biodynamic practices, the estate exclusively uses barrel aging for its Roche-aux-Moines wines. Tessa Laroche, who produces only two wines, embraced the natural wine movement with very low sulfite doses. This approach sometimes results in higher levels of volatile acidity, especially given the 18-month aging period, including 12 months in barrels or foudres from Atelier Centre France, Taransaud and Dussiaud. Malolactic fermentation is naturally induced. Le Berceau des Fées is crafted from young Savennières vines and vines planted on the Anjou appellation, labeled under Vin de France and matured two-thirds in barrels and one-third in vats. Generally speaking, the grapes at Domaine aux Moines are harvested ripe or even passerillés (shrivelled), so wines contain some residual sugar (generally less than two grams, according to Tessa Laroche).”

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (01/24)