2022 Anjou Château de Plaisance

Grapes Chenin Blanc
Colour White
Origin France, Loire
Other Bio-dynamic, Certified Organic
District Anjou-Saumur
Sub-district Anjou
ABV 13.5%

Dry Chenin Blanc from old vines on an east-facing slope in Chaume and Quarts de Chaume vinified and aged in barrel for 12 months. Bright, zippy and beautifully textured. There is no real sign of the time in barrel as sparky white fruit and gorgeous chalky scrape dominate the impact. There is energy here that makes you realise the wine will go on and on, forever possibly - but this is already a delightful, satisfying wine that really makes you think and smile. Tiny production sadly - so grab it while you can. L&S (Nov 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.

The 2022 Anjou Blanc Zerzilles hails from a southeast-facing site. It’s rather closed aromatically, but then again, this is a young wine that shouldn't yet be approached. Herbal and citrus notes emerge, with the influence of oak clear but well integrated into the wine's frame. It's a punchy style with a firm line of acidity that streaks through to its intense core, complemented by a twist of phenolics that holds things together with an assured grip. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 94 Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Jul 2024)

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 wine isn't currently part of a mixed case, but you can always browse our full selection of mixed cases here.
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