Agnes et Rene Mosse - 2021 - Les Bonnes Blanches
Agnes et Rene Mosse - 2021 - Les Bonnes Blanches 

Chenin Blanc

Loire, France

Agnès and René Mosse, along with their sons Joseph and Sylvestre, live and work in the village of St-Lambert-du-Lattay, a village in the Coteaux-du-Layon area of Anjou. Layon is a small tributary to the Loire that lazily digs its way through well exposed and drained hills of schist and sandstone. Its micro-climate allows for a long hang-time, and when the mornings are foggy in the fall, with no rain, botrytis develops easily on the Chenin grapes. Before becoming vignerons, the Mosse had owned a wine-bar/retail shop hybrid in
Tours. They credit the great vignerons they met there, among them Jo Pithon and François Chidaine, as the impetus to become winemakers. The couple studied viticulture and oenology at the agricultural lycée in Amboise where two of their teachers were Thierry Puzelat (Clos du Tue-Boeuf) and Christian Chaussard (Domaine le Briseau).

40 year old vines in clay, gravel, schist soils. Les Bonnes Blanches is a sector of vines widely considered to be the top terroir in the area. It’s location is geologically ideal to the Layon river, and it’s one of the rare vineyards that can produce an excellent Coteaux-du-Layon every year. The Mosse intentionally harvest earlier to produce dry whites. The soils are composed of shallow decomposing schist and quartz on schist rock, so the roots of the vineyards' 40 year old vines can get exceptionally deep, providing an unparalleled amount of minerality in the wine. Slow pressed grapes are fermented and aged in old Burgundian barrels. 20mg per liter of sulfur added at bottling.