Thomas Batardière, Montbenault 2020

Thomas Batardière, Montbenault 2020

Regular price $55.00 $55.00 Sale

100% Chenin Blanc

Biodynamic

Loire Valley, France

From the importer-

Montbenault is a parcel of Chenin that Batardière planted in 2014. It’s only is 50 meters from Les Cocus, but the soil is different: deeper and characterized by a volcanic rock called Rhyolite that’s particular to the area. Fermentation in stainless steel vats, then moved to 500L tonneaux for one year of aging. These barrels are used, 2-3 years old (no new barrels). Naturally occurring fermentation, both primary and malolactic. No additions until small amounts (1-2 grams) of SO2 at bottling.

Thomas, originally from Angers, studied Anthropology and cinema in university before briefly working as a filmmaker. After then working at a caviste in Tours that specialized in organic and natural wines, Thomas earned his sommelier degree in 2008. As part of the training for his degree he did a viticulture internship at Chateau Yvonne. Thomas was then brought on the next year as Yvonne’s only full-time employee and he continued to work under Mathieu for 3 years while earning his degree in viticulture in Beaune. At Yvonne, Thomas helped in every role from winemaking to viticulture where he learned about organic and biodynamic farming. In 2011 Thomas started his own domaine after purchasing two hectares of Chenin in the town of Rablay sur Layon in Anjou. His first step was to immediately convert his vineyards to biodynamic farming, and in 2015 his vineyards were fully certified by Demeter. Today Thomas now has 3.5 hectares: 2.5 Chenin, .85 Grolleau, and .15 Cabernet Franc.