Louis Desforges

A delicious bottle of wine imported by The Marchetti Company, Cleveland Hts., OH. ©

Louis Desforges is produced by the Malet brothers, Alain and Bruno. Their family has been growing grapes and making wine in the village of Indres, Southeast of Tours, for three generations. Alain takes care of the administrative side of the business and Bruno is responsible for the vineyards, but they both work in the cellar and make the wine together.  This wine is sourced from two estate vineyards situated on the borders of the Touraine and Valençay AOCs, just south of La Cher River. The 10 to 40-year-old vines are planted in clay and flint soils and are cared for meticulously. Green manuring, very strict budding control, partial de-leafing, and green harvesting are employed without any use of chemical products. After harvest, the grapes are destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts at low temperatures to preserve the fruit and enable pure terroir expression. The wine rests on the lees for six months in stainless steel. The tanks are kept cold to preserve freshness and avoid the use of sulphur dioxide. The wine is not fined but lightly filtered, resulting in a smooth, rich, well-balanced wine.

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