Château de Plaisance L'Anjou Blanc
Region: Loire Valley
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Château de Plaisance is the project of rising star Vanessa Cherruau. Taking over Guy Rochais' biodynamic certified estate in 2020, Vanessa works biodynamically in vineyards that straddle Chaume and Quarts de Chaume, where she continues Rochais' legacy of making bone dry Chenin from grapes otherwise destined for sweet wines.
Sourced from a single parcel in the village of Bonnezeaux, the vines are planted in a “schiste gréseux” or a schist-sandstone. You can practically hear the minerality screaming in this wine, with smoky notes, BBQ pears, apricot pits and a prickly acidity. Crisp green apples are balance by a creaminess from malolactic fermentation and the natural richness of Chenin, while the stainless steel allows the explosive acidity to turn the wine up a notch.