Pierre Ménard
‘Laïka’ 2017 Vin de France
Anjou, Loire Valley, France

$60.00

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Style: White: Depth, texture, energetic.

Producer: Pierre Ménard

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2017

Soil: 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: A single vineyard wine from vines that were planted in the 1960’s at the top of a schist vineyard. This is not the normal way of doing things in the Anjou, typically Sauvignon Blanc gets planted on lesser, lower soils. Again super mineral, floral, honeysuckle, nut and fresh herbs. The palate has wonderful texture and the brightest of fine acidity.

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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Style: White: Depth, texture, energetic.

Producer: Pierre Ménard

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2017

Soil: 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: A single vineyard wine from vines that were planted in the 1960’s at the top of a schist vineyard. This is not the normal way of doing things in the Anjou, typically Sauvignon Blanc gets planted on lesser, lower soils. Again super mineral, floral, honeysuckle, nut and fresh herbs. The palate has wonderful texture and the brightest of fine acidity.

Sebastian Crowther MS