Domaine Bobinet - 2021 - Poil de Lievre
Domaine Bobinet - 2021 - Poil de Lievre

Chenin Blanc

Saumur, Loire, France

Domaine Bobinet started in 2002, when Sebastien took over 1.8 hectares of vines and the cellar from his grandparents. He’s the 7th generation of a family of winemakers in the Saumur region of the Loire Valley. Sebastian has long been regarded as a star of the region, having worked with the likes of Olivier Cousin, the Foucoult Brothers of Clos Rougeard and Beaujolais forefather Jules Chauvet. It is however since 2011 when Emeline, a talent in her own right joined the domaine that Bobinets cult status has been cemented. In an effort to improve the biodiversity of the vineyards, they have helped to engage and unite the local wine community to name Saumur-Champigny as the first AOC in France to collectively decide on the reduction of chemical treatments. The Domaine consists of a mere 2 hectares of old-vine Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, vineyards inherited from his grandfather. As well as their own vineyard they source small amounts of Gamay, Cot and Pinot D’Aunis from neighbouring organic vineyards. This progressive young duo are still staunch traditionalists at heart, preferring to work their limestone and clay soils with the help of a horse-drawn plow. Everything is done by hand in a truly non-interventionist approach. Without any addition of sulphur, they bottle their wines unfined and unfiltered to allow the final product to express heightened aromatics and a stoney minerality characteristic of the Saumur terroir. (Lo-Fi Wines)

This new cuvee of Chenin Blanc comes from younger vines on limestone soils. It is much less opulent than Les Gruches having been picked almost two weeks earlier to retain its freshness. It is pressed directly to old wood where fermentation takes place and the wine ages on lees for 6 months before bottling.