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Les Noëls de Montbenault, Thomas Batardière 2020

Thomas Batardière

£62.85

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Thomas Batardière is a doer and does not stand still – born in 1980 in Angers, he studied anthropology and got bitten by the wine bug in 2008 while working as a cinematographer. Switching career path he worked as a sommelier first but being drawn to winemaking he decided to join Château Yvonne (Saumur, Anjou Blanc). Voluble, passionate and not afraid of a challenge he quickly became Mathieu Vallée’s right-hand man whilst studying viticulture in Beaune.

He finally struck out on his own in Rablay-sur-Layon (Anjou Noir) in 2012, buying a couple of hectares of his beloved chenin but without any equipment or cellar. He built the latter as well as his house right next door to Richard Leroy with whom he has become close. The two exchange a lot, so much so that there are talks about buying and operating a brand-new press together.

From top to bottom the emblematic Montbenault covers roughly 40ha. In 2012 Thomas bought 0.25ha of fallow land in the heart of the coteau. He planted the 10% slope in 2015 with tip-top sélections massales from legendary domaines Huet and Clos Naudin (Vouvray).  A soil yielding concentrated grapes of the finest quality, savoury and packed with minerals – think Richard Leroy. So much drive and character for such young vines, the reduction blows off quickly and reveals umami backbone, class and energy – the potential is huge!

Producer  Thomas Batardiere

Origin Rablay-sur-Layon, Maine-et-Loire, Loire, France

Grapes Chenin blanc

Vintage 2020

Alcohol 13.5% ABV

Style Medium body white 

Bottle size 750ml

Winemaking Manual harvest, gently pressed, fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeast, elevage in stainless steel between 8-10months, then another passage in oak for 4 months, bottled unfiltred, unfined and with low SO2.

Notes Natural, Organic, Biodynamic