2012 Domaine Bergerie Anjou Blanc
"Domaine de la Bergerie has been a family estate since 1964, first purchased by Marie-Scholastique Horeau and currently run by her grandson, Yves Guégniard, with his wife, Marie-Annick. The domaine has always adhered to a high standard of excellence: green harvest, strict sorting and separate vinification of each harvested parcel. Now, as Yves and Marie-Annick’s daughter, Anne, begins to take the lead, the domaine is converting to organic viniculture and exhibiting an exciting new energy — and fascinating wines. The domaine is in the heart of Côteaux du Layon, in the Anjou region of the central Loire Valley. Encompassing a total of 89 acres, the vineyards are spread throughout multiple appellations, including Anjou (blanc and rouge), Savennières, Côteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. From soils of schist and clay, Chenin Blanc making up the majority of their vineyards, joined by other varietals, such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grolleau. At Domaine de la Bergerie, the entire operation is a family affair: Following stints with Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon, Anne’s husband, David, has opened a beautiful restaurant on the property. His local cuisine is a lovely complement to the outstanding sparkling and still wines made here." -Importer Made from 100% Chenin Blanc that while fermented dry still retains a massive amount of ample, generous fruit. Fresh cut pears, under ripe peaches, fall cooking spice and bits of warm orange blossom honey. Pretty sizable in the mouth this wine has the feel of a rich Chardonnay but without all the clumsy wood or butter.