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The 2020 release from Vanessa is an absolute stunner. Broad and expressive on the nose - full of white blossom and warm straw - but so incredibly focused on the palate; the texture here is gorgeously weighty. Bright and vibrant, full of pithy lemon, peach, with a hint of hay and honey in the background, with a backbone of mineral, linear acidity. Incredible finish that keeps on going - so refreshing. This is the perfect summer aperitif white for summer lunches. L&S (Jul 2021)
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100% dry Chenin on shale. Manual harvest in crates. Slow cold pressing. Native yeast. Partial malolactic fermentation. 11 months of aging in stainless steel vats. Winemaker's notes (Aug 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 from Anjou in the Loire Valley.
When we first encountered her, 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, and she has taken on some gorgeous old vineyards with the plan to continue to work in this way.
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 just rolled onto our 3rd vintage from this rapidly rising star.
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