Alex Cady represents the 4th generation to run the family estate, taking over from his father Philippe. Alex’s touch is most visible in his immaculate dry chenin ‘Cheninsolite’, a single vineyard in the Layon that he picks by hand in selective pickings before fermenting and maturing it with its lees in new 3 year old 400 litre double barriques, with a percentage doing malo in oak. Alex picks the Chenins by hand in successive tris at the moment of perfect maturity, bringing in wines at optimum concentration and ripeness.
This policy is rewarded with a quality exemplified by wines with a lovely, almost delicate balance of power and fruit – a seeming contradiction in terms for wines picked in warm temperatures over harvest in the great 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages and a Grains Nobles cuvée Volupté that came in at over 28°C in both 2007 and 2010.
With vinifications in temperature controlled glass-lined underground vats, permitting a long maturation with the fermentation lees, the domaine produces rich, concentrated yet delicately balanced cuvées of Coteaux du Layon resulting in wines that are evocative of whipped cream and honey that are filled with fruit confit flavours and freshness.