DOMAINE DE L'R chenin 2016
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about the producer DOMAINE DE L'R
the domaine de l'r, is a viticulture in phase with the elements that compose it: soil, water and ... air. the management of the vineyard is done as naturally as possible by working the soil and protecting the vines of mildew and powdery mildew with sulfur and copper. the grapes are hand-picked and the grapes are transported by crates. in the winery, the vats are made by gravity in tanks made of raw cement. reassembly and racking logo-ab when juices and wines ask for it. sulfur is there only if it is necessary ... tasting, omnipresent during vinification and raising, leads the decisions. the domaine de l'r was founded by frédéric sigonneau in 2007 and has quickly risen to the top as a cabernet franc producer. frédéric and his parents have been living next door to bernard baudry, he was a childhood friend of mathieu, bernard's son. he then worked at fabrice gasnier, an organic (and now biodynamic) vigneron 4 km away. then at the end of the wine school in 2002 he went to spain where he stayed 2 years, working on biodynamicly-farmed un-grafted vineyards. back in france, he had an interlude of 2 years working in a conventional domaine before setting up his own domaine in 2007. his wines, which were then still under the radar by the mainstream wine media, were discovered by olivier grosjean, an out-of-the-box french wine writer during his visit at the salon d'angers in 2009. since that time, his wine production has increased a little bit, but the demand for his wines have skyrocketed.