Coteaux de Layon, France
Founded in 1787, this 150 hectare estate in the center Loire continues to be led by the Touchais family: Jean-Marie Touchais took over in 1990. The core of the estate comprises 35 hectares of vines in the Coteaux du Layon appellation, south of Anjou.
Their vast cellars house a million bottles of rare, and relatively affordable, treasures. Only released after ten years in bottle, these dessert wines are among the finest Chenin Blancs of the Loire Valley.
The vines are rarely affected by botrytis, and 20% of the crop is harvested early to ensure the acidity that balances the 80% late-harvest grapes. The style is balanced and restrained: true to the vintage, but focused on expressing terroir rather than power or concentration.
Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon
Moulin Touchais Profile by John Gilman in ‘A View from the Cellar’