Mass of tributes on the steps of the Hotel de Ville
to those killed in the Paris attacks (13th November 2015)
It was good to get up to date with the changes at the former Les Loges de la Folie in Montlouis. I understand that Valery Mordelet left the domaine at the beginning of 2014. Hervé Grenier, who was looking for an organic domaine in Montlouis, bought the property during 2014, which is his first vintage. The domaine is now called Vallée Moray with six hectares of Chenin and four of assorted reds, including some Pinot Noir, planted on ground classified as Montlouis and close to Les Bournais. Ironically Hervé says that this vineyard would be very good for Chenin.
Fortunately there is continuity as Jean-Daniel Kloeckle, one of the previous owners, is now employed by Hervé. Little or no wine was made in 2012 and 2013. Also involved is Vincent Bergeron. I was impressed by their 2014 L'Aubépine (Montlouis sec) and the clean and lemony Bulles Palladium. Later I tried two reds - a very good, concentrated Gamay - 2014 Arcadienne vin de France as well as a Pinot Noir - 2014 Les Figurines.
Lise et Bertrand Jousset (Montlouis)
2014 Clos aux Renards has attractive texture, honeyed weight and good length.