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L' Effraie

L' Effraie is a wine produced from vines aged under 50 years.

  • APPELLATION:
    - White Coteaux du Loir dry to medium dry (see info per vintage)
  • GRAPE VARIETY:
    - Chenin 100%.
  • SOIL (TERROIR):
    - Clay with flint on tuffeau (limestone). Variation on clays and on the granulation of broken flint, sometimes sand.
    6 parcels located in 3 parishes.
  • VITICULTURE:
    - Ground works : ploughing, earthing-up and hoeing. No weed killers.
    - Maximum yields 35 hl/ha. Manual harvest.
  • VINIFICATION:
    - Natural fermentation in 1-3 year old barrels with a small proportion (1/4) of new oak. Ageing one year minimum in barrel. The terroirs are separated and barrels are assembled before bottling to produce the cuvée.
    - The final balance is the work of nature.
  • TASTING:
    - 2007: A fine example of a Chenin wine. Golden, the chenin nose is full of complex and very typical scents of white fruits, white flowers, with a touch of minerality and hints of bracken, herb infusion and spices. The generous mouth unfolds smoothly and agreeably, and finishes with long and persistent suggestions of minerality and fruit.
    Maturity: 2013.
    Guide des Vins Bio 2010-2011
  • SERVICE:
    - Open 1h before. Serve in carafe at 10-13°C.
    - Goes with: aperitif, roasted red mullet with walnut oil, carpaccio of white fish.
    See also: maturity period and food matches
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PRESS REVIEWS

Robert Parker

2005: 90 /100
2004: 91 /100   (Wine Advocate #172)

"Revue du Vin de France" Wine Guide

2015: 16.5 /20 (2017 ed.)
2014:   17 /20  (2017 ed.)
2013:   16 /20  (2016 ed.)
2011: 16.5 /20 (2014 ed.)
2010:   16 /20  (2013 ed.)

Bettane & Desseauve Wine Guide

"... perfect with fine food."
2014:  16 /20   (2016 ed.)
2013:  16 /20   (2015 ed.)
2011: 16.5 /20 (2014 ed.)
2010: 16.5 /20 (2013 ed.)

Gault Millau Wine Guide

2009: 17 /20  (2012 ed.)
2008: 16 /20  (2011 ed.)

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