Domaine aux Moines
The estate was founded in 1981 by Madame Monique Laroche, a true force of nature, and is now run by her energetic daughter Tessa Laroche. It comprises 12 hectares of Chenin Blanc planted on south and southwest facing hillsides next to the famed Coulee de Serrant in the Savennières sub-appellation of "Roche Aux Moines". Savennieres is on the Western edge of the Anjou region in the Loire valley, and the vineyards sit on hillsides overlooking the Loire river. The proximity to the river helps to temper the cold of the region and protect against springtime frosts.
The soils in Savennières are predominantly schists with some sandstone and clay. They tend to produce a flinty, drier style Chenin Blanc that can age for a long time. Both mother and daughter have always taken a natural approach in their vineyard work and cellar practices earning organic certification in 2011. Tessa Laroche has established Domaine Aux Moines as one of the most exciting organic Chenin Blanc estates in the region. Wines drink well young, but can easily age for 20+ years.