Stéphane Bernaudeau Current Releases
All of Stephane Bernaudeau's wines are parcellaire, meaning that each corresponds to a single small parcel of land in Anjou. Stephane's biodynamically farmed vines are worked entirely by horse and in most cases, not wire-trained. The wines are all labeled as Vin de France and have been for several vintages now as Stephane intends to let his wines speak for themselves and not be defined by the governing bodies of the appellation.
Les Ongles comes from a 2 hectare parcel of Chenin Blanc that is on a southwest facing hillside. The vines are now approximately 30 years old and the terroir is primarily schist. Vinification is done in used barrels with the wine staying on its lees for 12 months before being bottled without fining or filtration.
Les Nourissons is 0.7 hectare parcel of Chenin Blanc planted in 1910 on a flat west-facing plateau. The soils are schist and argilo-calcaire based. It is one of the most stunning and singular Chenin Blanc vineyards in the Loire Valley. The vineyard had been immaculately farmed by its previous owner, Eric Calcutt, before Eric sold it to Stephane.
Although the majority of Stephane's production is Chenin Blanc he does have very small parcels of Grolleau and Cabernet Sauvignon. Les Vrilles is made from a 0.35 hectare parcel of 15 year old Cabernet Sauvignon, the equivalent of 15 rows of vines.