Pierre Ménard
‘Cosmos’ 2017
Coteaux du Layon Faye
Anjou, Loire Valley, France

$60.00

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Style: Sweet: Honey, floral, orchard fruit, balanced.

Producer: Pierre Ménard

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: 10%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: Made from 100% Chenin Blanc, it is picked in two tries, across several parcels. What a joy it is. Bright, pure and transparent. You can see all the layers of complexity with great clarity. Honeyed orchard fruit in the way of custard apples and pear. This melds with apricot and beeswax. The palate has sweetness, but never feels heavy. Textbook example of sweet wine from the region. Outstanding.

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: Sweet: Honey, floral, orchard fruit, balanced.

Producer: Pierre Ménard

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: 10%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: Made from 100% Chenin Blanc, it is picked in two tries, across several parcels. What a joy it is. Bright, pure and transparent. You can see all the layers of complexity with great clarity. Honeyed orchard fruit in the way of custard apples and pear. This melds with apricot and beeswax. The palate has sweetness, but never feels heavy. Textbook example of sweet wine from the region. Outstanding.

Sebastian Crowther MS