POUILLY-FUMÈ “La Loge aux Moines” 2015 – Patrice Moreaux
WINERY: Patrice Moreaux
PLACE OF ORIGIN: France – Loire
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
IDEAL SERVICE TEMPERATURE: 10° – 12°
GIUSEPPE’S RATING: 92/100
MATCH: Fish-based main dishes
PACK OF: 1 Bottle
SIZE: 0,75 l
The origins of our Domaine go back to 1677 when Edme Corty laid the foundations of a small Domaine in Pouilly. André Moreux bought his first vines in 1702, but on the other side of the Loire, in Sancerre. It is incredible to think that their love of wine and the land would straddle 300 years of history and descend done through 12 generations! These origins explain today our presence in the appellation of Pouilly-Fumé, and more exactly les loges, and in Sancerre at Chavignol. These two regal appellations of Sauvignon Blanc were united in 1955 by the marriage of Jeannine Corty and Raymond Moreaux, direct descendants of Edme and André. As a wedding present their parents gave them a 4.5 hectares parcel of vineyards on a hillside – the ‘Loge Aux Moines’. Patrice Moreux, the only son of Jeannine and Raymond, was given the keys to the house in 1979. He looked to preserve, improve and build on his inheritance. In 1996 his curiosity and passion for wine took him to a new, but not so different place – the ‘Domaine des Vingtinières’. In each bottle from the vineyards of Patrice Moreux you will above all be tasting the passion, the knowledge and a constant search for the truth, a philosophy where nature is the queen, leaving no place for any chemical interference or external yeasts. All ferments are natural and our wines are made with the greatest of respect for their terroir.
Our philosophy is simple: the vine is our church. Our environmental charter is to respect nature and the vines, which are the foundation of our passion. This belief means we limit our intervention in the vines, reinforced by our understanding of the terroir. We observe the roots of our vines in the earth, understand the subtleties of the terroir, measure is capacity to nourish, evaluate the health of the vines, and take care of them. In our Domaines, treatments are kept to the minimum, the rational nutrition of the soil (no chemical fertilizers, ploughing several times a year), allow us to exacerbate the plants physiology and its natural resilience. We voluntarily prune short, and our vines are manually de-budded, whilst observing and respecting the flow of the sap, in order to obtain the optimum durability of our vines and thus a higher concentration of grapes. This trend of limited intervention, leading to lower yields, allows us to obtain healthy grapes, balanced, and capable of producing wines of great quality. Our yields on the Loire valley and in Provence are respectively an average of 55 and 35 hectolitres per hectare, and they are 35 hectolitres per hectare for 65 allowed hectolitres. All stages of vinification are carried out following the lunar cycle, the influence of the moon is crucial in the vinifying of our wines. Finally, indigenous yeasts play a primordial role in our cellars. All of our ferments, without exception, are spontaneous.