ANJOU ROUGE

2020 Sur La Butte Château de Plaisance

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Grapes Cab Franc, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Loire
Other Certified Organic, Practising Organic
Sub-district Anjou
ABV 12.5%

Vanessa Cherruau is somewhat of a maverick - making this gorgeous red on the famed slopes of the Hill of Chaume - an appellation classified only to produce sweet white wines (Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru and Coteaux de Layon 1er Cru Chaume). This sophisticated red must therefore be labelled as simply Anjou Rouge. This gives Vanessa the freedom to make the wine exactly as she likes. A mix of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon which gives great lift and an added depth to the fruit. Polished and perfectly weighted this is sumptuously laden with plump, almost glossy black fruit, plum flesh and then a note of blueberry picked up by a fine line of that leafy, fresh herbal character so identifiably from the Loire. Appealing from the first moment this red's real charm comes through as you hold it in your mouth and allow those more precise layers of detail to emerge. L&S (Jun 2022)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

The 2020 Sur La Butte is an unoaked Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon blend that is energetic and lively with soft ripe black fruit flavours and strawberries meeting spice. It's a cool climate expression, retaining its zip and light body and it can be approached in youth. Drinking range: 2022 - 2036Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Jun 2023)

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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