Pierre Ménard
‘La Varenne de Chanzé’ 2018 Anjou Blanc
Loire Valley, France

$75.00

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Style: White: Fine, mineral, citrus

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Clay over grey schist

Farming: Organic

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

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: This vineyard is just a short walk from the Clos des Mailles. The vines here are slightly young having been planted over the last decade. The wine is more on the citrus side while Mailles is a little richer and more exotic. There’s still plenty of stuffing. Orange and yellow plum mix with flint and stone. The palate is leaner with a nice phenolic grip holding everything in place. Very impressive and classy style.

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: Fine, mineral, citrus

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Clay over grey schist

Farming: Organic

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

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: This vineyard is just a short walk from the Clos des Mailles. The vines here are slightly young having been planted over the last decade. The wine is more on the citrus side while Mailles is a little richer and more exotic. There’s still plenty of stuffing. Orange and yellow plum mix with flint and stone. The palate is leaner with a nice phenolic grip holding everything in place. Very impressive and classy style.

Sebastian Crowther MS