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Ronceray

Domaine Belargus

Ronceray Bottle
Appellation
Anjou
Variety
Chenin Blanc
Age of Vines
30
Farming
Certified organic
Soil
Loamy clay, schist, sandstone, puddingstone
Altitude
30-65 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, direct pressing, natural yeast fermentation
Aging
12 months in oak vats and 400L French oak barrels

Press Review

It is intriguing, messing with your brain in a good way, providing yin and yang. Plentiful substance and richness. I really love this...

- Rebecca Gibb MW, 2019 Vintage

Overview

This cuvée takes its name from the Abbey of Ronceray in Angers, which once claimed the rights to a quarter of the best wine made from the vineyards known today as Quarts-de-Chaume. This quarter share would go on to become the name of the Loire Valley’s only grand cru, but one relatively obscure due to the small fact that it can only be used for sweet wines. Fascinating history aside, Ronceray does come from those original slopes long ago recognized by the cloistered Angevin nuns for their superior quality but deliberately made as a dry wine. This proves that a terroir, known for decadently sweet wines, can express that same decadence when rendered in a dry version.

Employee Review

"Filigreed, finessed and perfectly round and intense on the palate, this is a gorgeous Chenin with intense fruit, lush fruit concentration, lots of extract, fine tannins but also finesse and balance. Grapefruit bitters on the finish. To me, this is a picture-book Anjou from Rochefort-sur-Loire, and it is characterized by richness, finesse and elegance. Irresistible."

Jon-David Headrick US Wine Importer at Louis de Grenelle Saumur France

- Jon-David Headrick

Ratings & Reviews

(90-92)

2022 Ronceray

Source: WA

96

2020 Ronceray

Source: DE

91

2020 Ronceray

Source: WS

93

2019 Ronceray

Source: VM

92

2018 Ronceray

Source: DE

94

2018 Ronceray

Source: WA

92

2018 Ronceray

Source: WS

Loire, France
  • Location
    Loire, France
  • Appellation
    Anjou
  • Proprietor
    Ivan Massonnat
  • Winemaker
    Adrien Moreau
  • Size / Elevation
    24 hectares / 20-65 meters

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