2017 Château de Fosse-Sèche Saumur Blanc «Arcane»
Region: France, Loire - Saumur
Farming: Certified biodynamic
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc
Dry medium-bodied white; zesty fruit | Fish (including sashimi), tempura
«Arcane» is the estate's flagship white; it is a distinctly Saumurois rendition of Chenin Blanc, combining power and elegance effortlessly – honey overtones, striking pear and quince flavours, and freshness throughout. It pairs wonderfully with fish of all types, even freshwater varieties such as carp.
The site of Château de Fosse-Sèche was a medieval Benedictine monastery. Records from the 13th century indicate that vines were planted here. Previous owners of the wines preferred to sell their grapes to a local co-operative, so there was no winery on site.
The modern estate is over 40 hectares in total, of which 17 are under vine. The rest is populated by woodland and a wide variety of wildlife is encouraged to harbour biodiversity around the vineyards. In fact, the whole estate is certified as a national bird sanctuary. Somewhat unusually, the vines are all planted contiguously in one big plot. However, rows of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are alternately planted to encourage further biodiversity. Unlike the more common sites in Saumur with chalky soils, Fosse-Sèche is situated on a Jurassic plateau where flint and gravel are held together by clay-dominated soils.
Belgian-born twins Guillaume and Adrien spent their childhood in Madagascar, but expanded their educations and gained professional experience in Europe. Since 2010, they have run Château de Fosse-Sèche with their partners, Cécile and Julie.
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