Domaine du Petit Métris is a sixth-generation winery in Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné, near Angers in the Loire Valley. Although the Renou family has been producing wine here since 1742, it only acquired its first plot of land in 1830, and its oldest vineyard dates back to 1905.Today, the domaine produces wines from 30 hectares of vineyards across several appellations, including Crémant de Loire, rosés and reds from Anjou and Anjou Villages, through to haut de gamme appellations of Savenniéres, Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. The vineyards are mainly planted with Chenin Blanc, the remainder being Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, Gamay and Chardonnay.Brothers Pascal and Hervé Renou are the current generation of owners. With Pascal working mainly in the vineyards and Hervé mainly in the cellar, they have sustained the domaine"„¢s excellent reputation. Despite their modesty, Paul and Hervé are nonetheless gaining fame for their competence and for the consistenty high quality of their wines.
The vineyards cover 30 hectares with 72% Chenin Blanc, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Grolleau and some Gamay and Chardonnay. The yields are extremely low, the grapes are picked and sorted several times in order to keep only the best berries to produce the wine. The vineyards are ideally situated facing south and south -west, along a well sheltered slope with the primary rock close to the surface with a shallow top soil.
La Fougeraie and Clos de la Marche are the two Savenniéres vineyards and they are vinified separately in order to retain and express each vineyard"„¢s own character. The wine was aged on its lees for 8 months, partly in steel and partly in oak.
A wonderful example of wild Chenin Blanc with real minerality and restrained fruit. Medium-bodied with classic honeyed and almond aromas, the palate has a rich, lush texture with clean flavours of green apples, pears and marzipan. It is complex and refreshing with good length on the finish. A serious food wine.
Roast chicken, grilled chicken with a creamy morel sauce, crab salad and goats cheese.