Patrice and Marina Achard, Domaine des Barres  (1994)  

Patrice Achard is a sixth generation vigneron farming 25 hectares around St Aubin de Luigné, the vines being handed down via the maternal line of the family. His involvement in Savennières dates back to 1990 through an introduction to Baron Brincard by Joseph Renou. He planted the two hectare ‘Les Bastes’ in 1991 and has been making wine here since 1994. His only frustration is that it takes a one hour round trip by tractor to work the vines for twenty minutes.

Wine Overview:  
Achard makes modern style Savennières that is approachable on release. The wines are vinified in barriques, of which one third are new. He prefers commercial yeast and generally tries to avoid the malolactic fermentation.

The Wines:  
It is difficult to judge a grower on the basis of a single wine, but given the note below, I’d certainly seek out other vintages of Achard’s wines. He clearly has a following as this 2006 was already sold out at the domaine.

2006 ‘Les Bastes’  
Polished. Mid-depth straw/yellow. Delicate and gentle brioche, pain d’épices nose. Quite restrained on entry but has good focus with an attractive mineral thread running through the wine. Decent flesh and some flavours of honey. Ripe, but not confit. The wood is very well integrated with good length and some authentic pithy Chenin notes to the persistent finish. This is immediately approachable stuff, but should evolve well over a few years. Perhaps just a little hot on the end. (02/08)

Marina & Patrice Achard  
Domaine des Barres  
St Aubin-de-Luigne
T: +33 2 41 78 98 24
F: +33 2 41 78 68 37


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