Domaine de Clayou

Domaine de Clayou

Domaine de Clayou rests on 35 hectares in St. Lambert du Lattay in the heart of the Anjou. The estate is farmed by Jean-Bernard and Catherine Chauvin along with their son Denis. Denis is the fourth generation of the family to grow wine on this estate which was founded in 1920 by his great grandfather with just 8ha. Jean-Bernard took over as the head of the domain in 1984. Since 2000 Domaine de Clayou has been certified sustainable by Terra Vitis, an organization that stresses the fair treatment of employees along with avoiding chemical treatments in the vines. The Chauvin’s 20-43-year-old vines are planted to schist and limestone soils across the appellations of Anjou and Coteaux du Layon. They harvest their grapes manually and the wines are vinified in a combination of concrete and fiberglass-lined underground tanks. Clayou’s white wines are crisp, clean and full of lively fruit spending six months in stainless resting on fine lees with occasional battonage. The Anjou rouge is a pure and supple expression of Cabernet Franc. The Anjou Rosé de Loire is made from the rare Grolleau

The Wines

Anjou Blanc

20-year-old chenin blanc vines planted to schiste, and argile calcaire rich soils. Manual harvest. Fermentation with natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Six months aging on lees in tank with occasssional battonage.

Vin de Pays de Loire Sauvignon

20-year-old sauvignon blanc vines platend to schiste, and argile calcaire rich soils. Manual harvest. Fermentation with select yeasts in concrete vats. Six months aging on lees in tank

Anjou Rosé de Loire

43 year old vines planted to schiste, and argile calcaire rich soils. Fermentation with
selected local yeasts in stainless steel. Direct press rosé.

Anjou Rouge

25-year-old cabernet franc vines planted to schiste and argile calcaire rich soils. 10-12 day
maceration, fermentation with selected local yeasts in the tank. Eight months aging in the tank before filtration and bottling.