100% Chenin Blanc, Insolite’s fruit comes from a special, biodynamic, densely planted 90 year old vineyard on complex, clay, limestone, sandstone and flint soils. Low yields create a crystalline and intense personality to the wine. Small batches of fruit go into a pneumatic press, and the juice then undergoes a slow, natural fermentation in 1,200 litre Austrian (Stockinger) ovals and ex-Alphonse Mellot 600 L. After approximately four months, the wine rests on fine lees, slowly building texture, for another 12 months. This has become one of the Loire Valley’s most exciting Chenins and ’16 is about as exciting as it gets. Incredibly intense and racy, with pithy grapefruit and ripe lemon fruit studded with cloves and green peppercorn spice. Plenty of texture and pulp to balance the crunchy, firm acidity. Not to be served too cold (ideally room temperature) the finish is vinous and sappy with a punchy, taught, gently powdery structure and a salty mineral close – the hallmark of this vineyard.