Britt’s Wine of the Month: Domaine Pierre Chauvin 2008, Cuvée La Fontaine des Bois, AOP Anjou, Loire Valley
In the heart of sweet wine appellation Coteaux du Layon in the region of Anjou (Loire), we find this estate of 15 hectare. Paul-Eric Chauvin is the fifth generation to continue the family tradition. The winery is managed organically since 2005 and it has been certified since 2008.
The region’s main grape is chenin blanc and it is also the main grape at Domaine Pierre Chauvin. As is often the case here in Anjou it is used for dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines. Wines from chenin blanc are wonderful to drink both young and old. They age beautifully thanks to the high acidity which, even when the wine is young, is never intrusive. In addition, the prices here in the Anjou region are often very reasonable.
This wine is a dry Anjou and it has been aged 12 months in oak which has given it structure but not really any oak aromas. Chenin in itself is a pretty full bodied grape and the oak accentuates the fatness. It is a little oxidized in style which contributes to the complexity. The nose is reminiscent of apricots and honey. The taste is long with significantly high acidity. Paul-Eric does not chaptalise and he uses only the natural yeast.
The wine is 12.80 euro in the Internet wine shop specialized in organic and natural wines www.vinivert.com
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