2020 Thierry Germain Cep by Cep Coteaux Du Layon

Super fresh acidity and delicate alcohol keep this sweeter Loire Chenin very light on its feet. Succulent yet tangy with lovely blossom notes.

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Coteaux du Layon is a Loire Valley appellation just south of Angers where Chenin Blanc is produced in a sweeter style. Thierry Germain (of hailed Saumur Champigny Estate Roches Neuves) takes the fruit for this wine from his brother Phillippe's estate.

At harvest the grapes are left to dry on the vine to intensify flavour and sweetness and they are harvested by hand with little to zero botrytis. The result is an extremely delicate and pretty sweet style with signature Chenin acidity dramatically lowering the perceived sweetness.

Expect honeysuckle, tea leaf and blossom with a honeyed palate of fresh citrus. It's a delightful wine and works wonderfully with cheese making a fresh and energetic way to finish, or indeed start, a meal.

The grapes are harvested passerillé style and are naturally fermented and aged in neutral demi-muid (400L). Compared to much of the appellation (and especially the wines of the Layon crus of Bonnezeaux, Chaume and Quarts de Chaume) the Germain brothers' wine showcases a delicate, Germanic-style of Layon. Vibrantly fresh, it offers mouth-filling marmalade, white blossom and honey aromas and flavours as well as driven freshness all the way through. It's both fleshy and seductive and packed with tangy, citric energy. Finishes clean as a whistle.

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