2015 Domaine Mosse Les Bonnes Blanches
My first introduction to Mosse was through a good friend of mine and wine importer Andrew Hedley. He had picked up some Moussamoussettes Pétillant Naturel via the UK and we shared what was my first ever bottle of Pet Nat. Like most I was expecting something more like Champagne, so trying this for the first time was one of those profound wine moments for me, which, when reared on conventional wine you seem to have so few of! A few years on and having shifted my interest away from ordinary, humdrum booze, I have found myself constantly exposed to Mosse in my travels, so it is with great excitement that I could finally introduce these wines to NZ!
Domaine Mosse is located in the Saint Lambert du Lattay village of Anjou, Loire, where they have been growing a number of varieties including Grolleau Gris, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Grolleau Noir, Côt (Malbec) and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Their soils are a combination of sand, gravel, clay, quartz and schist, with the oldest vines planted some 35 years ago as found in the vineyards responsible for their top two Chenin Blancs “Les Bonnes Blanches” and “Initial BB”. Mosse is certified Biodynamic by Qualite France which they have been practicing since 2001.
Les Bonnes Blanches is 100% Chenin Blanc from Agnès and René's oldest plot at the Les Bonnes Blanches Vineyard, which is mostly sand and clay over schist. Fermentation and maturation in large format, old French oak fûts.