Le Petit Moulin by Loïc Mahé
yellow apple - tropical - delicate - honeysuckle
It was in 2000 that Loic Mahé purchased a south-facing plot of land in AOC Savennières where the soil is made up of shale. He began recreating the vineyard, planted his first vines and gradually bought more plots, this time already planted with old vines.
In 2011, he also took charge of the vineyard of the Château La Franchaie and now looks after a total of 11ha of Chenin and Cabernet Franc vines.
Loic applies cultivation methods that respect nature, without using any chemical products, preferring natural winemaking techniques (slow fermentation, just a little sulfur), and producing limited yields for better concentration of the fruit.
The wines are ultra pure and mineral, yet always generous, not austere. It must be said that Savennières wines are sometimes marked by austerity, by an un-checked intensity and bitterness, especially when heavy handed vinification is employed with too much new oak (and probably too much SO2). But Loïc’s wines always retain a generosity to go with the fistful of shattered shale essence. They walk the line.
100% chenin blanc. Predominantly blue and red schist (slate/shale) under very thin topsoils of wind-blown sands, along with some unique parcels on volcanic rock with high quartz and flint content. Minimal S02.