La Ferme du Mont Benault Les Pierres Bleues (750ml)
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In 2008 Stéphane, decided to leave Paris where he used to work in communications to get closer to his wines roots. In 2010, he found an abandoned large farm with a cellar in Faye d’Anjou and started to make wines in 2011. Stéphane organically grows his vines; the harvest is carried out entirely by hand. He limits inputs in the cellar, with just a little or no sulfur. In 2012, he began to replant the hillside ofpurple schists, sandstone schists and phtanites with Chenin, Grolleau noir, Grolleau gris. Today Stéphane cultivates 6.5 hectares of vines, including 2.5 hectares of young vines which are starting to produce little by little. He is part of the collective of young natural winegrowers from Anjou called “En Joue Connection”, in which amateurs will recognize many rising stars … Stéphane Rocher enjoys composing natural Loire wines that he wants to be accessible to a wide audience. His wines are pleasant for both amateurs and novices
Lightly toasted almonds and pear on the nose. The palate is rich and ripe with baked pear, golden raisin, toasted nuts and salinity. Fresh acidity balances well concentrated fruit. This is a harmonious wine that would pair perfectly with rich shellfish, such as lobster or scallops, chicken in a cream sauces or a selection of cheeses served with nuts and dried fruit.
This wine is made from old vine Chenin Blanc; the vines are 70 years old and planted on volcanic soils. The vines are cultivated organically and the wine is made with minimal intervention. Part of the wine is aged in amphora.