Wine Education – focus on the Anjou Blanc Appellation
Anjou, the winemaking region around Angers and stretching as far east as Saumur, has been famous for its Chenin Blanc wines since the 9th Century. There are many appellations that fall under the Anjou umbrella
2016 turned out to be a very tricky year for them with miniscule yeilds of around 6hl/ha.
Natural Wines – a few thoughts
There is no legal definition of ‘natural’ – so confusing for the poor consumer trying to get to grips with all the many approaches to growing vines and making wine.
Les Anges Vins
A few pics and wines of note from the recent Anges Vins tasting held in St Aubin de Luigné in the heart of the Layon valley.
Loire Harvest 2014 with Pithon-Paillé
Pickers picking, grapes arriving, press pressing, juice settling, Isabelle cooking, Joseph washing barrels, Jo surveying and Wendy welcoming – it was all hands on deck yesterday at Pithon-Paille. After 2 years with tiny yields (7 and 11hl/ha), there are plenty of smiles in the winery this year as volumes are up to around 25hl/ha (still low but much more encouraging) and grapes are coming in looking ripe and healthy.
The sweet wines of the Loire valley
Naturally produced sweet wines require lots of hard work in the vineyard. Chenin Blanc is so suited to sweet wine with its naturally high acidity and lovely grapefruity bitterness that comes from sinking its roots deep into the schistous slaty soils of Anjou (its great on limestone too!).
Grololo – Pithon-Paillé
As the back label says ‘vin de fruit, vin de copains, vin de casse-croute. A boire avec quoi? …avec plaisir!’. Bring on the Grololo!