Clément Baraut Savennières 'Le Pitrouillet'
Region: Savennieres, Loire
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Clément is one of the pioneers of Biodynamic winemaking, and has been instrumental in the development of Savennières as an appellation and, along with Nicolas Joly, responsible the proliferation of natural winemaking in the Loire. In a region known for its chiselled wines, those of Clément Baraut stand out for their digeste quality and freedom. These are fine and nuanced wines that express their terroir with precision and are the result of more than 30 years of thoughtful, carefully considered tweaks.
Bought from Nicolas Joly of La Coulée de Serrant fame, the 2ha of 45yo vines for this wine are in the lieu-dit Le Puit Rouillé. Le Pitrouillet comes from the bottom of the parcel where the soils are 80cm deep over a schist and sandstone bedrock. It ferments in neutral oak and ages on fine lees without sulphur until bottling in the summer. It is fruit-forward but still bright and crisp with a strong saline stamp and an intriguing play on texture.