Although summer is winding down and autumn has begun to deliver cool, cozy weather, an occasional lingering day with summer heat occurs that calls out for a chilled bottle of white. Always a devotee of Chenin Blanc, I was enthusiastic to give Château de Fosse-Sѐche ‘Arcane’ Chenin Blanc 2008 a pour since it had a few years under its belt than most budget friendly Chenin Blancs have. In existence since the 13thcentury, today the Chateau is owned by the Keller family. Guillaume Keller places emphasis on having an all-encompassing fully functioning ecosystem; only 17 hectares out of the estate’s 45 are planted with vines. The rest boasts forests and biodiversity such as wildflowers, birds and bees. The estate is certified organic and practicing biodynamic, although Keller does not advertise this. He believes in simplicity, he doesn’t measure he just tastes to know when the levels are correct, only uses naturally occurring yeasts, and does not use any additives.
Brilliant gold in colour, bright aromas of lemon and peach radiated from the glass. Juicy pear and apricot flavours mingled with fresh hay and lemon zest in the medium body. Subtle white pepper and briny sea salt minerals comprised the invigorating finish. Dry and crisp, this is a refreshing glass fantastic with shellfish, butter-rich dishes, or all on its own.
100% Chenin Blanc
Bottled by the Keller Family
Enjoy now thru 2013