The property of Château d’Epiré has been in the Bizard-Litzow family since the 17th century. Currently, Luc Bizard and his wife manage the property and the winery is located inside a Romanesque chapel, which dates from the 12th century. They own eleven hectares, nine of which are entirely dedicated to Chenin Blanc. ‘Clos de la Cerisaie’ is an actual walled vineyard covering 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) but a portion of the stones have collapsed over the years. Inside that clos are Cabernet Franc vines with 40 years of age, planted in schist and slate. After being harvested by hand, fermentation takes off naturally in stainless steel tanks. Aging also takes place in tank as the wine sees no wood throughout the process before being bottled in April. The wine is neither filtered or fined before bottling, a personal request by Kermit himself, a staunch supporter of unfiltered wines due to the characteristics and flavors lost through the process. This is a wound-up food wine so give it 45-60 minutes of breathing and pair with rillettes of rabbit or duck, lemon and thyme roast chicken, truffle egg toast, vegetable dishes with bitter greens, kale, rabe, cabbage, or cauliflower.
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