Yves Guégniard, Domaine de la Bergerie (2002)  

The Guégniard family have been vignerons for the past seven generations, buying Domaine de la Bergerie in 1961. The property passed to Marie-Agnès in 1964 before Yves himself joined his parents in 1979. Since then, he and his wife, Marie-Annick, have gradually built up the domaine to 36 hectares encompassing six appellations. They have two different vineyard holdings within Savennières: the first, a one hectare site was purchased and planted in La Croix Picot in 2000, and a second 1.6 hectare parcel near the Moulin de Beaupréau is rented from Baron Brincard. Yves purchased the twenty year old vines, originally planted by Pierre Soulez, in 2004.

Wine Overview:  
Both of Yves Guégniard’s Savennières are vinified and marketed as different wines, if only for commercial reasons. Le Croix Picot is fermented and aged in tank for 18 months. Generally, the wine doesn’t undergo malolactic fermentation, but there are no set rules here. The Clos Le Grand Beaupréau, however, is fermented and aged in 225 litre barriques or 400 litre demi-muids, the wine spending 12 months in each through rotation. The first vintage, using new barrels, was in 2004, although only older wood has been used since. Malolactic fermentation is more likely here, although again it is not systematic. The aim at harvest is to pick just before the onset of botrytis in order to have the ripest, but healthiest grapes possible.

The Wines:  
I’d rate Yves Guégniard amongst the best of the new generation of growers making wine in the appellation. The wines are modern, but have poise and demonstrate a sense of place. They also represent great value.  

2008 ‘Clos de Grand Beaupréau’
Authentic and delicate nose. Attractive and complex. Very focused despite being so delicate in style. Builds well on the palate, leading to an intense finish. Understated. Very good now and could be expected to hold and evolve further. (02/11)

2007 ‘Clos de Grand Beaupréau’
Pale appearance. Light, delicate and restrained nose. Some apples and quince behind. Gentle, with an attractive mineral edge. The palate is open and soft and marked by some flattering residual sugar. Structurally, quite simple on entry, but builds well to a mid-full finish with a good thread of acidity running through the wine. The acidity carries the finish a little. Drinking now, but could age further. Good. (02/10)

2006 ‘La Croix Picot’  
Deep appearance. Yellow/gold. Ripe and fat on the nose showing richness, otherwise this is quite closed. Very fresh on entry. Good intensity. Mineral and stony with great focus and acidity. The palate is more open than the nose suggests. Very good weight and length. Lemon-like acidity. Approachable, but would benefit with more time in bottle. Very promising. (02/08)

2006 ‘Clos de Grand Beaupréau’  
Tasted from barrel. Deep appearance. Yellow/straw. Complex nose. Floral with some secondary components. Exotic with a hint of pineapple coupled with terpines. The wood shows on the palate and is a little planky, but otherwise the wine is taut and mineral with a tight profile, fleshed out by the oak. Quite ripe with some phenolic grip. Very good potential, but will need time to settle in bottle. (02/08)

2005 ‘La Croix Picot’  
Polished. Pale green. Very clean, attractive and open nose, with faint honey, although it shows a greater spectrum of flavours. Good Chenin fruit and complex for such a young wine. Quite lean on entry; taut and mineral. Very good palate weight and freshness. There is a hint of the inherent Chenin bitterness on the finish. Good structure and great length. Approachable now, but will evolve further. Very good. (02/08)

2005 ‘Clos de Grand Beaupréau’  
Polished. Pale yellow with green hints. Attractive, open and honeyed nose. Refined and delicate. Dry, mineral entry. Builds well with good flesh and mouth feel. Very good focus. Linear with steely acidity to finish. Excellent oak integration and lovely balance. This is open now, but could be expected to age further. Very good. (02/08)

Yves & Marie-Anne Guegniard  
Domaine de la Bergerie  
Le Champ-sur-Layon

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