Originally hailing from Sancerre, Sebastien Cornille started his domaine in 2008 with a couple of remote vineyards in Jasnières (itself an outskirt and the northernmost limit of Chenin-growing), which by now he has grown into a 6,5 ha operation with holdings in Jasnières and Coteaux-du-Loir. These sloped vineyards – mostly on argilo-silex over limestone soils – are all worked manually and solely by Sebastien himself (certified organic, biodynamic in practice). Work in the cellar is carried out without additives except for minimal amounts of sulphur, with long natural fermentations and elevage (part tank/part old barrels) deep inside icy tuffeau caves.
Orée de la Berterie Domaine de la Roche Bleue
20-30 year old Chenin vines south-west facing slopes and plateaus in Coteaux du Loire. Mostly clay and silex over limestone, yields 30 hl/ha. Manual harvest at slight overmaturity, possibly some botrytis. Long and delicate pressing of whole bunches, natural settling of the juice. Spontaneous fermentation without additions in tank, at low temperature due to cold tuffeau cave. Elevage in tank, botteling after delicate filtration and sulphuring.
Bright and energetic wine that even in its youth strikes a great balance between Chenin Blanc’s fresh (green apple, pear, white flowers) and cooked (baked apple, dried peach, honey) sides. On the palate the ripeness of the vintage is carried by beautiful acidity and a chalky mouthfeel, with a good squeeze of lime on the finish.
In its youth ‘L’Orée de la Berterie’ is a great fit for precise and acidic (raw) fish preparations, like a delicate ceviche or classic beurre blanc.
Appellation: Coteaux du Loire
Winemaker: Sebastien Cornille
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Serving temperature: 10-12°C
Drinking window: Now – 10 years