Businesswoman Laura Semeria took over the 20-hectare now organic Domaine de Montcy in 2007. In the appellations of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny it lies to the south-west of the Château and town of Chverny. Unfortunately Laura has been hit by Spring frosts in both 2012 and 2013.
The Crémant is 100% Chardonnay in a very clean, vibrant, lemony style making a good wake up aperitif. The 2009 Cuvée Claude de France is naturally 100% Romorantin in a delicate moelleux style. Lightly sweet it is best paired with blue cheese or creamy dishes. Laura recommends it with a rhubarb or cherry tart – anything sweeter would overpower it.
Ideally I would have cellared the Claude de France for at least another couple of years to gain additional complexity.
Jérôme Billard is one of the most promising of the younger generation of Chinon producers. After working at Pétrus and then Dominus in Napa as well as a spell in New Zealand, he returned to the family estate in 2003. Noblaie now has 24 hectares of vines and last year Jérôme invested in a new winery – previously they worked in very cramped conditions.
Les Blancs Manteaux comes from 60 year-old vines planted on a limestone slope. Ideally the 2010 should be squirreled away for at least another two years to fulfill its potential. However, this dark wine currently has deliciously soft black fruit, supple tannins.
This post was originally published on Les 5 du Vin (30th July 2013).