Pierre Ménard
‘Clos des Mailles’ 2017 Anjou Blanc
Loire Valley, France

$60.00

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Tannin
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Style: White: Mineral, flint, energy

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Clay over schist

Farming: Organic

Oak: Old French oak barrels (80%) / Stainless steel tank (20%)

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: There is three parcels in this one vineyard – one is 25 years old, one is 100 years old and the other is 8 years old. This is textbook, modern Chenin Blanc. Pierre works very hard not to have botrytis fruit in the wines. He likes it clean and pristine as to not detract from the mineral component. This is all about yellow plum, quince, flint, smoke and talc. Super complexity and highly attractive wine. The palate is racy, long and beautifully complex. I highly recommend these wines. They are some of the most exciting wines I tried in 2019 and Im delighted to be working with Pierre.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

After studying wine in the Agronomic school of Angers, Pierre travelled the world to learn about the different processes and made wine in Canada, New Zealand and Hungary. Only in his late twenties, Pierre started to produce wine in the Layon in 2013, using a 100-year-old Chenin Blanc vineyard laying on schist called “Le Quart des Noëls”. The plot used to belong to his parents who withdrew some of the vines from the cooperative contract. Since his first vintage Pierre’s wines have been met with critical acclaim. There is no botrytis in his dry wines and although wines of this region have typically had botrytis, today, a number of up-and-coming young vignerons have recognised the negative impact botrytis can have on a dry wine, and they see the precision and energy that can be found in vinifying Chenin Blanc grown on the slate and schist of western Anjou totally and truthfully dry, with not a whisper of botrytis in the blend. These wines are super limited.

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Review

Style: White: Mineral, flint, energy

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Clay over schist

Farming: Organic

Oak: Old French oak barrels (80%) / Stainless steel tank (20%)

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: There is three parcels in this one vineyard – one is 25 years old, one is 100 years old and the other is 8 years old. This is textbook, modern Chenin Blanc. Pierre works very hard not to have botrytis fruit in the wines. He likes it clean and pristine as to not detract from the mineral component. This is all about yellow plum, quince, flint, smoke and talc. Super complexity and highly attractive wine. The palate is racy, long and beautifully complex. I highly recommend these wines. They are some of the most exciting wines I tried in 2019 and Im delighted to be working with Pierre.

Sebastian Crowther MS