Château de Fesles Bonnezeaux 2005

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Chateau de Fesles is situated in the district of Thouarcé in the Anjou region, very close to the village of Bonnezeau...

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Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau de Fesles is situated in the district of Thouarcé in the Anjou region, very close to the village of Bonnezeaux itself. The origins of the château can be traced back as far as 1170, when the original buildings were constructed. More important than the historic buildings, however, are the wines. Once hailed as the finest estate of Bonnezeaux, by the mid 1990s the property's reputation was a shadow of its former self. The estate was then purchased from Lenôtre by Bernard Germain, a Bordeaux négociant, and quality began to take off again. The nearby Layon River produces frequent morning mists in autumn which encourage the development of botrytis (noble rot). This wine thrillingly demonstrates the potential of the Chenin grape. Grown on the schist slopes above the village of Thouarce the historic wine of Chateau de Fesles (approx 15% of the entire Bonnezeaux appellation) enjoys a superb microclimate overlooking the Layon river. The harvesting of super-ripe, botrytis-affected grapes is done in multiple passes (tries) through the vineyard. The grapes are macerated for ten to twelve months for extraction of aroma and acidity, gently pressed, left to settle and then fermented trie by trie, in 400 litre barrels for one to two months. It is then kept in barrel for ten to fifteen months in air-conditioned cellars. The resulting golden-yellow wine is magnificently complex bursting with aromas of quinces, ripe apricots and charentais melon as well as acacia honey and exotic spices (saffron), and the palate, combining freshness and richness, is seductive and sensual. Or, in the interests of democracy, a tasting note from a different perspective: Typical Chenin nose with mineral notes. Behind this there is a core of rich, honeyed aromas, and a suggestion of lemony freshness, with rosemary herb nuances. On the palate it is fabulously rich, yet balanced, with superb acidity, a hallmark of Chenin Blanc. A lovely, fat, round, oily texture, with a deep, mealy, mineral complexity. Great sweetness and nicely poised acidity. Tremendous length.

Chateau de Fesles is situated in the district of Thouarcé in the Anjou region, very close to the village of Bonnezeaux itself. The origins of the château can be traced back as far as 1170, when the original buildings were constructed. More important than the historic buildings, however, are the wines. Once hailed as the finest estate of Bonnezeaux, by the mid 1990s the property's reputation was a shadow of its former self. The estate was then purchased from Lenôtre by Bernard Germain, a Bordeaux négociant, and quality began to take off again. The nearby Layon River produces frequent morning mists in autumn which encourage the development of botrytis (noble rot). This wine thrillingly demonstrates the potential of the Chenin grape. Grown on the schist slopes above the village of Thouarce the historic wine of Chateau de Fesles (approx 15% of the entire Bonnezeaux appellation) enjoys a superb microclimate overlooking the Layon river. The harvesting of super-ripe, botrytis-affected grapes is done in multiple passes (tries) through the vineyard. The grapes are macerated for ten to twelve months for extraction of aroma and acidity, gently pressed, left to settle and then fermented trie by trie, in 400 litre barrels for one to two months. It is then kept in barrel for ten to fifteen months in air-conditioned cellars. The resulting golden-yellow wine is magnificently complex bursting with aromas of quinces, ripe apricots and charentais melon as well as acacia honey and exotic spices (saffron), and the palate, combining freshness and richness, is seductive and sensual. Or, in the interests of democracy, a tasting note from a different perspective: Typical Chenin nose with mineral notes. Behind this there is a core of rich, honeyed aromas, and a suggestion of lemony freshness, with rosemary herb nuances. On the palate it is fabulously rich, yet balanced, with superb acidity, a hallmark of Chenin Blanc. A lovely, fat, round, oily texture, with a deep, mealy, mineral complexity. Great sweetness and nicely poised acidity. Tremendous length.

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