2019 Blanc Château de Plaisance
|Other||Certified Organic, Bio-dynamic|
Such delicious Chenin, giving plenty of peach, honey and warm straw notes. The weight is superb and this is made in a slightly easier going style, the fruit is more open, fleshy, but backed by Chenin's tell-tale fresh lively acidity. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 L&S (Oct 2020)
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Open and intense on the nose, filling the nostrils with jasmine, lillies and white blossom. It oozes with juicy peaches dunked into the honeypot. There is a sweet delicacy on the palate, and a slightly oily texture fills the mouth. An ounce of bitterness adds interest on the finish. The acidity isn't as high as initially expected, but it's a nice drop. Drinking range: 2021 - 2024 Rating: 92 Decanter Magazine (May 2021)
Château de Plaisance
Sometimes you meet people, and you instantly know there is something special about them. And so it was when we came across the brilliant Vanessa Cherruau whilst in Montpellier in February this year, just before the world changed...
This dynamic 32 year-old had just taken over the beautiful Château de Plaisance in the heart of 'Anjou Noir' with old vineyards in the famous zones of Quarts de Chaume and Savennières too. The estate has been organic since 1995 and biodynamic since 2008.
In February Vanessa could only show us very new tank samples from her maiden harvest which she accomplished whilst 8 months pregnant. These bottles were fresh from the cellar and a long way from finished. However, it was immediately clear we had something special on our hands. Now that her first vintage is bottled and ready we could not be more pleased to have spotted those early signs of promise. These wines are a complete revelation. We could not decide which of the range to pick, we loved them all - so we have them all! This is justified by their distinctly individual styles and mesmerising drinkability - across the board. This part of the world has for generations been famed for its superb sweet wines - but with warming global conditions and less call for something sticky - there is a movement afoot, flouting the rules and making wines that you really want to drink.
Vanessa bought the estate from one of the early 'outlaws' here - Guy Rochais - who started to make a contraband dry wine from his ancient Quarts de Chaume vineyards. He was prosecuted for such outlandish behaviour - this could not be called 'Quarts de Chaume'! In subsequent years he continued to make this crisp dry Chenin, but with the new name 'The Insolent'.
This is an exciting part of the world for wine-lovers - and Vanessa and her Château de Plaisance wines are right at the forefront of this quiet revolution going on. Textured, bright and gorgeously weighted whites - and the most charming Cabernet Franc that you can imagine, pretty, perfumed and perfectly shaped. We could not be more thrilled to have landed this first shipment from a rising star.
As the sun starts to peek through the clouds and we can look forward to leaving winter behind us, we can say goodbye to the hearty, warming tipples that got us through those long months. What better way of bringing in Spring then with this refreshing mix of wine, from the delicious and lip-smacking Anjou Blanc and Soave, to a set of reds that are delicious on their own or a perfect pair to Spring Lamb. And, of course, no case would be complete without some MiP Rosé - a wine that simply screams sunshine and fun.
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