Monique Laroche and her daughter Tessa, oenologist, own a beautiful property (acquired in 1981 from 4 to 10 hectares today) and a rare Grand Cru terroir: La Roche aux Moines, on Loire’s river shores, close to ‘La Coulée de Serrant’. A masterful terroir, low productive, that reflects very well in the bottle.Since beginning 2000, quality guidelines have been taken, making the Savennières style evolve from dry and precise into deep and naturally elegant. This domaine is now known as one of the famous in Loire Valley and confirmed from year to year
This domain was owned by the monks from St Nicolas Abbey in Angers, before being sold as a national wealth and bought by M. Benz, car manufacturer. After few transfers, the property of 4 hectares of vineyard has been bought by Monique Laroche, who expanded with the ‘Roche aux Moines’ plot.Since 1982, other plots have been planted and old vines kept. In 2000, cellar has been renovated with a pneumatic press and thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks. Since 2001, Tessa, Monique’s daugther and oenologist vinifies feminine Savenières, Savenières-Roche-aux-Moines and Anjou-Villages. Since 2009, Domaine aux Moines is certified organic by Ecocert.
Chenin à la touche féminine, vinifié par Tessa, flle de Monique. Sec et tendu, marqué de notes de pêche et d’amande et doté d’une grande finesse, souplesse et rondeur sur une finale très élégante. À déguster avec poisson, viande blanche ou fromage de chèvre. 3 étoiles 1/2, Préféré de Vins & Vignobles, Hiver 2017
With its famous castles and close proximity to Paris, the Loire Valley is a very active wine region with over 55,000 hectares of vines. The valley stretches from the Massif Central (Auvergne) to southern Brittany, where the Loire river empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Long and wide, the valley can be divided into seven wine zones due to the very different climates and soil compositions. Grape varieties also vary by sub-region. The main varieties are Muscadet, Gros Plant, Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Across the board, wines produced in this vast region have freshness and finesse in common when well crafted.
The Loire Valley produces wines for all occasions: sparkling wines, light and fruity reds, rich red wines suitable for aging, dry and mineral whites and sweet and mellow dessert wines. There’s something for everyone, here.