Château de la Viaudière – Pierre Blanche
Place des Vosges
Rich and ample in the mouth with notes of quince, honey, and vanilla.
Gold medal – 2015 Independent Winemakers of France Competition
At a glance
Chenin Blanc may well be the world’s most versatile grape with the capacity to create stunning wines that run the gamut from sparkling through to luscious sweetness. This wine is hand-harvested at maximum ripeness, giving an initial impression of sweetness but with a firm mineral finish. Referenced in many Parisian establishments, this wine is something special.
How to drink it
The rich roundness of this wine matches perfectly with sea scallops, lobster and white meats in cream or mushroom sauces. Serve chilled.
Inspired by the wines of neighbouring Savennières, the plot for this wine enjoys a sunny exposure on a mix of gravel, clay and schist. Grapes are hand-harvested at maximum ripeness and wine is aged in new oak.
The story behind the wine
Château de la Viaudière is the ancestral home of the Gelineau family, where wine has been lovingly created for the past four centuries. One immediately gets a sense of home at Château de la Viaudière. Visitors are welcomed with open arms by the effervescent proprietors, Pierre-Antoine and his wife Agnès. It doesn’t take long to work out that there is something truly inspiring happening here, and it’s not just the award winning wine that they produce. Once a year, the wine production facility doubles as a dining room for a hundred people in support of local artists and artisans. A portion of their sales also goes to a local child cancer charity.
The region – Anjou, Loire Valley
Renowned for some of France’s finest wines during the Middle Ages, production in this region today covers all styles and colours. The sweet Coteaux du Layon wines enjoy the most notoriety but the quality of the area’s dry whites, rosés and reds is increasingly fine and appreciated.