Philippe Delesvaux, Coteaux du Layon ‘Les Clos’ 2018

£24.00 (50cl)

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Sourced from 30 year old vines grown on carboniferous schist and coal deposits. Hand harvested. Selective picking of 50% shrivelled/ surmaturité grapes and 50% botrytised berries. No chaptalization, very slow fermentation for 4 months with wild yeasts, no fining and no additives - just a little sulphite (volcanic) at bottling. 130g/l residual sugar. Ageing for 3 months in tank on the fine lees.

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Coteaux du Layon 'Les Clos' Philippe Delesvaux is a seductive aromatic sweet wine with honeyed apples, fragrant mango, roasted pineapple, with notes of sweet spice. Made from 50% botrytised berries and 50% semi-dried/surmaturité grapes, this wine conveys perfect balance combined by racy acidity harmonising its sweetness (130 g/l residual sugar), with a stunning persistent finish. Perfect on it’s own, as an aperitif, or with citrus based desserts! Try also with blue cheese or foie gras!

About the producer

Philippe and his wife Catherine Delesvaux produce fabulous sweet wines of the highest order from their vineyards in the Coteaux du Layon. Their domaine, established in 1983, lies between the Loire and Layon valleys, located on the hillsides of the Corniche Angevine, which is within a UNESCO world heritage site. White wines account for the vast majority of their production, sourced from 7 hectares of the domaine’s total holdings, including 1 hectare of ungrafted vines. The soils here are mostly schist, overlain by stony top soils from ancient glacial deposits. Since the domaine lies between the rivers Louet and Layon, where regular mists rise from the water, is seems only natural that the production of sweet wine should be their speciality.

Philippe Delesvaux is one of the most meticulous producers we know and we admire his decision to make sweet wines despite a very difficult market. Very few people really understand these wines and the huge amount of work that is required to achieve such great results year after year. In addition, even better, his 11 hectares of vineyards are fully organic and he is a great defender of the appellation. The estate has been certified Biodynamic by Demeter since 2000 and Phillippe is also a member of the “Renaissance des Appellations (Return to Terroir)” association.

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