Montbenault is a two-hectare parcel with 40-year-old vines, situated at the top of a slope overlooking the Layon river, and boasts a unique combination of sandy schist and underlying volcanic materials that bring intensity and freshness to the wine. Rouliers, on the other hand, is a one-hectare site closer to the river with schist and alluvial gravel and sediments, offering leaner and elegant fruit. Both vineyard sites are farmed using biodynamic practices and the vines are trained lower for better fruit maturation.
In the cellar, Richard employs natural fermentations, including malo, and has not used sulfur since 2011. This includes the barrel purchases, which have never been impregnated with sulfur candles. This reductionist approach to winemaking allows the dense fruit to shine and produces towering, filigreed examples of Chenin Blanc with high-toned aromas and flavors. These wines are a true testament to the meticulous winemaking and attention to terroir that Richard Leroy is known for.
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