ANJOU ROUGE

2019 Sur La Butte Château de Plaisance

IN STOCK
Grapes Cab Sauv, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Loire
Other Bio-dynamic, Organic
Sub-district Anjou
ABV 13%

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)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

Look out for the gorgeously perfumed and fleshy Sur La Butte Anjou Rouge from Château de Plaisance when it eventually reaches the market. (Financial Times)Andrew Jefford(Aug 2020)

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.

CHRISTMAS LOIRE MIXED CASE

Some old favourites are joined by a couple of wines that are new to us - the first vintage of the dynamic 32 year-old, Vanessa Cherruau at Château de Plaisance, who last year harvested these white and red 2019 Anjous when the ink was still wet on the contract to take over this domaine, and when she was in the late stages of pregnancy.

Loire whites - whether Chenin, Melon de Bourgogne (in the Muscadet) or Sauvignon are brilliant fresh wines that make the mouth-watering start or be a welcome refresher. These three Cabernet Franc reds are all classics of the style and with their well-defined fruit and crunchy style go particularly well with cold meats and pâtés.

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