Noel Cailleau, Domaine de la Ducquerie (2003)  

Domaine de la Ducquerie owns a significant 47 hectare holding around the villages of Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay and Beaulieu-sur-Layon. Noel Cailleau is the fourth generation to work these wines. In 2000, Cailleau bought and replanted the old Clos de Fremine in La Possonnière. The yields here so far have been around 45hl/ha on average.

Wine overview:  
There is no wood here,  all the wines being fermented in subterranean tanks. The wines are batonnaged to add complexity, and the malolactic is blocked. The domaine offers the wine for sale en vrac to anyone who wishes to purchase before they bottle in the September following the harvest. Average production is around 5,000 bottles. 

The Wines:  
In the scale of winemaking in the Layon, this is a big operation where the production of Savennières plays a miniscule part. The wines are well made and authentic although ultimately a little simple.

2006 ‘Clos de Fremine’  
Mid depth appearance. Straw. Floral nose of white flowers showing some early evolution. Quiet on entry, but builds well. Good stony minerality and well focused. A clean and crisp style, Well textured and floral on the finish. This should drink well over the next five years. (02/08)

2005 ‘Clos de Fremine’  
Bright. Very pale with some green hints. Gentle, floral nose and a light and delicate palate. It builds nicely, although is quite a simple style. Very good minerality to the palate. Good length. Just a little hot on the finish. This is approachable now, but could be expected to age further.  (02/08)

Noel & Anita Cailleau  
Domaine de la Ducquerie  
St Lambert du Lattay  

T: +33 2 41 78 42 00  
F: +33 2 41 78 48 17


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