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Third generation Claude and his son, Stéphane Branchereau at Domaine des Forges, aim to make sweet Chenin Blancs that are rich, pure and quivering with energy. This they manage not only because of their enormous talent but also thanks to steep, schistous slopes, fastidious vineyard work, harvesting by tri, low yields (rarely above 25 hectolitres per hectare) and vinifying the wines parcel by parcel.
Such is the concentration and freshness of fruit obtained in their wines, that they cope easily with up to 50% new oak, albeit in large 450 litre barrels. 'Quelle réussite!', as they would say.
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It may say 'demi-sec ' on the label but the emphasis I feel should be on the 'sec'. Clear cut like glass, there's a white flower ('fleur de lys'?), still steaming baked apple a-peel to the nose, along with a wax and flint purity - in fact there's just too much going on! Its cool stony face is tinged with a tell-tale orange botrytic colour, while the palate is all about elegance. I love its racy purity, clarity and creamy volume, that's just so light to the touch. The alcohol may state 14.5% but there's no evidence of it to be seen. In many ways it reminds me of a fine Condrieu. It would make a great aperitif! David Berry Green, October 2011
Bottle 6 x 75cl