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Thursday, 27 May 2010

2005 Ambre de Roches des Rochelles

Although the Lebretons Domaines des Rochelles has long been known for the quality of their red wines, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon dominated La Croix de la Mission, their whites were less successful. That has changed with the arrival of Jean-Hubert, son of Jean-Yves and Anita. Jean-Hubert spent time in New Zealand and under his supervision the quality of the whites has improved considerably.

This rich 2005 Ambre de Roches des Rochelles, Coteaux de l'Aubance (50cl) is a good example with its opulent honeyed and apricot flavours nicely balanced by acidity in the finish, so that it is not cloying. It is particularly impressive as although the Lebretons have some very good terroir for producing reds, they are less blessed when it comes to sweet whites.


Anonymous said...


This interests me - I have always enjoyed (and bought)their red wines. I presume it is 100% Chenin Blanc? You mention the terroir is not particularly suited to sweet whites (I wonder what the soil is like), so are they making dry ones and do they buy grapes in? If you do not know or it is all on a website don't worry about these questions,


Jim's Loire said...

Graham. You are right Coteaux de l'Aubance has to be 100% Chenin.

I think it is less a question of soil and more a question of site and exposure that are not ideal for making sweet wine. Having said that the 2005 is certainly worth trying.