2021 Blanc 'N' Château de Plaisance

Grapes Chenin Blanc
Colour White
Origin France, Loire
Other Certified Organic, Vegetarian, Bio-dynamic, Vegan
Sub-district Anjou
ABV 13%

Water white. Pure, piercing Chenin Blanc. Very clean and fresh. Like an arrow in its impact on the palate. Could it give a few South Africans a run for their money? 13% Drinking range: 2023 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Oct 2023)

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Vanessa has been at the helm of Chateau de Plaisance now for 3 years and has had quite a lot thrown at her by Mother Nature since she started. First Drought then the Frost - this makes her bio-dynamic and organic farming even more complicated - and like every farmer in the zone she has found the dramatically varied yields hard to stomach with her fledgling enterprise. And so in 2021 following the shattering frost that decimated vineyards - she has decided to start a business within the business.. Buying fruit from the best plots she can of her neighbours and making a 'Negociant Wine'. Her Anjour Blanc 'N' is the first release - and we were delighted when we tasted it.
She keeps a close eye on the organically farmed vines throughout the year and then harvests herself when she is ready. Her team bring the grapes back to the Plaisance cellar and vinify there themselves. This is very much a Chateau de Plaisance wine, the fruit is simply grown by her neighbours - and so she prefers to have a different label to her home-grown grapes.
Charmingly expressive on the nose - full of white blossom and warm straw - but so incredibly focused on the palate; the texture here is gorgeously weighty. Yet the juice remains bright and vibrant, full of pithy lemon and firm peach flesh in the background. Neatly wired in by a line of mineral, linear acidity. Incredible finish that keeps on going - so refreshing.
L&S (Dec 2022)

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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