2011 Domaine Bergerie Savennieres

"The nose of this delightful Savennieres is textbook with roasted pumpkin seeds, flintiness, yellow stone fruits, and hints of honey. Medium full on the palate, the Domaine de la Bergerie Savennieres has incredible depth and great complexity, with refreshing acidity that extends on its long finish. This is a gorgeous example of an incredible appellation from the Loire." -Kristen Murphy, Loire Valley Wine Buyer "Domaine de la Bergerie has been a family estate since 1961, first purchased by Marie-Scholastique Horeau and run currently by her grand-son Yves Guégniard with his wife Marie-Annick. As Yves and Marie-Annick's daughter Anne begins to take charge, the tradition of winemaking in the family stretches back for seven generations. The domaine is located in the heart of Côteaux du Layon, in the Anjou region of the central Loire Valley. Encompassing a total of 36 hectares, the vineyards are spread throughout multiple appellations including Anjou (Blanc and Rouge), Savennières, Côteaux du Layon, and Quarts de Chaume. The soils are primarily a mix of schist and clay. Chenin Blanc comprises the majority of the production, though the Guégniards have various other varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grolleau. Throughout the years, the domaine has adhered to a high standard of excellence: green harvest, strict sorting, and separate vinification of each parcel harvested. Now, with the young female winemaker taking the lead, the domaine is converting to organic viticulture." -Importer [+]