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"Olivier Lejeune’s second vintage was not an easy one, after being hit by frost the previous year. Between the mildew pressure, the frost, the heat wave, and his full time job at Château de Passavant as tractorist, it was a challenging year yet he managed to produce from his plot of Clos des Plantes in Mont Benault a very solid, complex wine (vinified and aged 8 months in demi-muids, malo done, 20 ppm of total sulfites). Fermentation went way faster after the press (whole cluster in a vertical press), creating more exotic aromas: orange oil, mango, bay leaf, yet conserving the more traditional crabapple, quince, hay notes of Chenin. The volatile acidity feels a bit higher too but it is not a problem as the wine has the flesh and the muscles to welcome it. In fact it makes the wine vibrate even more. A great terroir is always expressed by the finish and length of the palate: if today it is still protected by its baby fat, you can feel it if you pay attention. Without a doubt 6 months of bottle aging would be ideal, but you can serve it today in large glass (no decanting) with creamed artichoke cannelloni or with pan-sautéed monkfish with almond crust."