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Château de Bois-Brinçon was founded in 1219 by the Saint Jean d’Angers hospital, and is located in the heart of the Anjou in the Loire Valley. It remained church property until 1791, when it was confiscated by the state and sold as a national asset. Xavier Cailleau is the fifth generation of his family to own and work some of the oldest plantings of chenin, grolleau, and cabernet franc in the Loire, some of them being up to 125 years old. Xavier and his wife Géraldine, along with a small team, farm their 24 hectares biodynamically to respect the soil and allow their unique terroir to shine. This “Saules de Montbenault” comes from a small plot of chenin blanc with volcanic soils and low vine density. It aged sur lie in neutral barrels for 12 months. Smoky reduction and salty minerality open to honey flavors and silky texture in the mouth, with a long, nicely acidic finish.