2015 VDF 'La Croix Hardie'
100% Chenin Blanc pét-nat. Grapes are from a small plot in Rablay called La Croix Hardie, made up of red sand, gravel and schist, with a clay vein running through it. The vines are 15-85 years old, and the grapes for this are picked earlier, coming from the first harvest. Two years in bottle before disgorgement. Zero SO2 at any stage.
Lovely golden honey colour. Beautiful nose - rich and inviting. Honey, apples, white florals, white mineral and lemons. Very sea spray/sea shell heavy on the nose, but not so salty. This is fresh to drink, but has a nice luscious weight to it. Still crisp, yet a bit more voluptuous than the 2017, with a dab of residual. No sign of oxidation, this is still showing its youthful side, yet confident in what it is. A nice wine to have at the beginning or end of meal - with cheese, or something salty. Whereas the 2017 is drier, with more drive and crisp tension, this has softened and is relaxed in its delivery, and is much more generous and giving. Very schisty fresh nose after some time. Easy and soothing to drink. Lemon honey relax vibes. Love the gentle sweetness on the finish. Wonderful texture - rich, sexy, and has a beautiful complexity to it. So good - this is for customers that like a bit more weight, rather than high acidity raciness.