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La Grange Tiphaine – Touraine-Amboise / Montlouis
Coralie and Damien Delecheneau
Domaine La Grange Tiphaine is a new direct import for Farm. I have known Damien and Coralie for a few years now and have worked with them before in my previous life. He and his wife are young and passionate, are working well in the vineyards, and have the respect and admiration of their fellow winegrowers (the kind we like).
The Estate consists of 11ha of vines in both the Touraine-Amboise appellation and more recently in Montlouis. They have no plans to expand as they want to do the vineyard work themselves.
Average age of the vines is 60yrs, with some vineyards like that of the Cot over 120ys. Vineyards are replanted as necessary using massal selection.
2009 is their second year fully organic.
They work without chemicals, hand harvest, ferment with ambient yeast, pump the wines only after pressing and the whites do not go through malo.
Yields are between 22-35 hl/ha depending on the vintage.
The 2008/2007 wines from Damien are his best to date and show a refinement that was hinted at in earlier vintages but not yet achieved. He is coming into his own, he has more confidence, more experience with his vineyards and has honed his craft to allow his greatest assets to speak, the vines. His are delicate, perfumed wines, modest in alcohol, honest and pure. Harvest was difficult in 2008, the summer was wet, yet in August warm east winds helped to dry out the grapes. They pulled leaves around bunches and then waited until ripeness came in Oct. Harvest started on Oct 4 with the last grapes coming in Oct 26th. Average yield this year was 32/33 hl/ha.
La Grange Tiphaine Nouveau Nez Pétillant Natural 2007
100% Chenin Blanc from Montlouis. 13.8% potential alcohol.
Bottled during primary fermentation. 13-14 months sur latte, no dosage.
La Grange Tiphaine Bel Air Sec 2008
100% Chenin Blanc, East facing slope, vines 60-70yrs old, soils are clay and Silex over chalk. No wood, no malo. This is our workhorse wine.
La Grange Tiphaine Clef de Sol Montlouis Sec 2007
Damien has 6ha in Montlouis; this is from the second pass of those vines. Long natural fermentation, 9-11 months in 400 liter barrels of 1-4 years old. Racked once.
La Grange Tiphaine Riage Tournant Rosé 2008
A field blend of a single site of interplanted vines consisting of Gamay, Cab Franc, Cot, Grolleau, Chenin Blanc, Chasselas, Arbois, Pineau d’Aunis and others as yet unidentified. Alcoholic fermentation stopped on its own leaving 8-9 grams of residual.
Raised in stainless steel, bottled March 10th.
La Grange Tiphaine Les Cassiers 2008
Gamay on Clay, Silex and Chalk. 45-50yr old vines. Raised in stainless steel.
A gorgeous ethereal Gamay, light and delicate.
La Grange Tiphaine Becarre 2007
Cabernet Franc from a west-south exposition on red Clay and Silex. A good spot for Franc, he does and aggressive pruning to insure ripeness, with no more than 30hl/ha.
10 months in 30% new barrels.
La Grange Tiphaine Côt Vielles Vignes 2007
Cot of over 125yrs, massal selection. Maceration takes place for 20 days in concrete, then aged in tank 6 months.