The Loire Valley is a large, diverse region, and the wines made there are resultingly diverse in grape and style. In the middle of the Loire, near Touraine, Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc are king and queen, respectively. Chinon and Bourgeil are regions well known for Cabernet Franc, while Vouvray and Savennieres are the most famous appelations for Chenin Blanc. Savennieres is known for weighty, hedonistic, dry Chenin Blanc, and in Vouvray wines are more often softer, more floral, and off-dry.
Domaine Laureau is an organically-farmed estate in the heart of Savennieres that owns parcels in the famed "Roche-aux-Moines" vineyard. "Le Petit Roche" is sourced from several parcels around Savennieres. Aged in neutral barrels, it bears the hallmark blanched-almond nuttiness, honey, and peachy character of Chenin Blanc, with a crisp, succulent dry and acid-driven finish.