Château de Bonnezeaux current releases
2016 was the first release from Château de Bonnezeaux in over thirty years. It was made from two Chenin Blanc vineyards totaling 2 hectares: a 70 year old vineyard in Bonnezaux and a 40 year old vineyard in the Coteaux du Lyon. The winemaker, Guyonne Saclier de la Bâtie, worked with Mark Angeli at La Ferme de la Sansonnière and his influence is evident in her work. (She is the first to point out that she is a long way from making a wine at the level of Mark's.)
Guyonne has been farming organically since restarting work on the Château's holdings and like Mark, all of her Chenin vines are trained using gobelet. Both her vineyard in Bonnezaux and in the Coteaux du Lyon have schistous and clay-based soils .
With their second release, Chateau de Bonnezeaux decided to separate their two terroirs. The 2016 La Montagne was a blend of both of their vineyards - a 70 year old vineyard in Bonnezaux and a 40 year old vineyard in the Coteaux du Lyon. In 2017, the Bonnezeaux was bottled separately so La Montagne 2017 is just their holdings in the Coteaux du Lyon.
Vieille Vigne du Fief Prevost
Produced for the first time in 2017, the Vieille Vigne du Fief Prevost is a single vineyard wine coming entirely from their oldest vineyard, a 70 year old parcel of Chenin Blanc in Bonnezeaux. Total production was just four 400-liter barrels.