LA GRANDE PIECE
2021 Anjou Château de Plaisance
|Other||Bio-dynamic, Certified Organic|
The 2021 La Grande Pièce is one of the Plaisance's single vineyard wines. It's a less-frosted site with pudding stones creating a solar effect on the vines. Half aged in amphora and half in mainly-used barrels. Lemon, apple, almond croissant pastry. Excellent intensity, concentration and persistence. There's an element of tenderness, but linearity pervades this wine like a train on a track. Drinking range: 2023 - 2033 Rating: 92 Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Jun 2023)
*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.
La grande pièce is a bright, smooth and mineral cuvée. 100% Chenin on Butte de Chaume vinified in barrels for 12 months of great complexity.Winemaker's notes (Mar 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.
This selection gets straight to the point: six fantastic wines that could play a leading role in any Christmas line-up. There's Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux, Brunello & a new-world superstar in the form of Josh Cooper's elegant Pinot Noir.
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