Domaine des Hauts Baigneux

In 2013, longtime friends Nicolas Grosbois and Philippe Mesnier purchased 12 hectares of vines in Azay-le-Rideau, an excellent, though relatively unknown terroir a few kilometers east of Chinon. They immediately began farming all the vines organically, and set about on an ambitious project to reintroduce the wines of Azay-le-Rideau. Traditionally, Azay le Rideau is famous for white wines made from Chenin Blanc, and rosé wines made from Grolleau and Gamay. Most of the vineyards are located in Azay-le-Rideau on the lieu-dit “Hauts Baigneux”. The domaine also owns a two hectare plot in Saché, close to the former studio of Alexander Calder, the famous American artist. This great flint-heavy terroir produces the two top cuvées of the domaine: Le Clos des Branchs and Blanc Chenin. In addition to resurrecting the tradition of great wines from these vineyards, the domaine produces excellent reds, and a small amount of white and rosé Petillant Naturel. The wines of Domaine des Hauts Baigneux are all produced with natural yeast, and bottled with minimal intervention. The cuvées Les Chenes and Les Pentes are delicious vins de soif that showcase the best of Loire Valley. The sparkling wines are fantastic bottles of everyday bubbles, and the single vineyard Chenin Blancs are a testament to the towering quality of this terroir.
"The duo of Philippe Mesnier and Nicolas Grobois prove that there continues to be incredible, underexploited terroir across France, and that of Azay-le-Rideau is particularly versatile in their hands." - Josh Adler, Paris Wine Company

Wines

Blanc Chenin

Varietal: Chenin Blanc

Color: White

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 100% Chenin Blanc. Average vine age : 30 years and 60 years. Flint (silex), clay with limestone underneath. Hand-harvested, Direct press, natural yeast fermentation in used Stockinger barrels of 600 and 1200 liters. Elevage for 18 months on the lees in concrete eggs, barrels, and demi-muids then blended back together. 210 cs produced.

Les Chenes

Varietal: Chenin Blanc

Color: White

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 100% Chenin Blanc. Average vine age of 25 years. Clay with limestone underneath. Direct press, natural yeast fermentation. Elevage in stainless steel tanks, aged in 3-4 year old used barrels for 1 year then back into steel for 6 months. 330 cs produced.

Les Pentes

Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Grolleau

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 70% cabernet franc and 30% Grolleau. Average vine age : 25 years. Clay with limestone underneath. Natural yeast fermentation in concrete tanks. Elevage in stainless steel tanks. 1000 cs produced.

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