2019 Sur La Butte Château de Plaisance
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Other||Certified Organic, Bio-dynamic|
We could hardly contain ourselves when we first tasted this sumptuous, pretty and delicately perfumed red. The perfect balance between ornate high-toned complexity and delightfully pleasing, soft red-fruit flesh is perfect. At once indulgent and then thought provoking. Wine it is hard to stop going back to. Polished and sleek on the palate, but without ever losing the delicate patina of elegant detail. An exciting addition from this under the radar zone for red wine. This is one to watch! L&S (Sep 2020)
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Here we go! I have followed this wine for a good few years now, and in ‘lighter’ vintages, it sings a haunting and thoroughly mesmerising song, while in ‘more concentrated’ harvests, like 2019, it performs mini-miracles in the glass. Think Grand Cru Saint-Emilion depth of blackberry fruit meets pristine Loire Cab Franc freshness, and you are somewhere close to the majesty and excitement in this unassuming wine.Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek (Oct 2021)
Produced by Vanessa Cherruau, who recently took over at Château de Plaisance, this promises a bright future for the Loire estate. It has hauntingly enticing aromas, a little spice and a generous fleshy texture.Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (Apr 2021)
Blended with its fellow cab, cabernet sauvignon, this vivid, biodynamic red is just that bit more blackcurranty than straight cab franc, but still has that delicious, herby edge. Lovely with lamb chops.Fiona Beckett, The Guardian - www.matchingfoodandwine.com (Apr 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.
The Loire Valley is overlooked at this time of year, but really is the total quintessence of Christmas feast wine. Crémant de Loire is a fantastic Champagne alternative, boasting many of its cousin’s toasty, honeyed brioche flavours. Muscadet and Pouilly-Fumé are not only incredible with smoked salmon, cheese nibble or any of the snacks you might have prior to dinner, but also are absolute table pleasers (who doesn’t love a refined Sauvignon Blanc…) and Cabernet Franc is a grape which, in both these guises, is perfect with turkey. Our Anjou rouge is bright red berry, like your cranberry sauce and our Chinon, more savoury and rich, for when the gravy goes on.
Finish this off with a well-aged bottle of Coteaux du Layon, one of the world’s great sweet wine appellations. It’s not only affordable, but creamy, buttery and not nearly as cloying as some of the more traditional options.
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