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Pierre Menard

Pierre Menard Le Clos Mailles Chenin Blanc 2018


no added sulfur

Country: France

Region: Loire

Type: White Wine

Grape: Chenin Blanc

After studying wine in the Agronomic school of Angers, Pierre Menard traveled the world to learn about winemaking in Canada, New Zealand and Hungary. Only in his late twenties, Pierre started to produce wine in the Layon in 2013, using a 100-year-old Chenin Blanc vineyard planted on schist called “Le Quart des Noëls”. The plot used to belong to his parents who withdrew some of the vines from their cooperative contract. Since his first vintage Pierre’s wines have been met with critical acclaim.

There is no botrytis in his dry wines and although wines of this region have typically had botrytis, today, a number of up-and-coming young vignerons see the precision and energy that can be achieved with Chenin Blanc grown on the slate and schist of western Anjou without any botrytis.

This wine is beautifully expressive, with aromas of stone and schist. Polished and mineral, with notes of plum, peach and orange fruits. 

Pierre's wines are super limited.