The Charisma of White Wine had made their way to Loire
Keep your eye on Anjou!
Anjou is the wine production region that kept being celebrated for centuries, it existed as a duchy until the French Revolution, while the name now represents AOC among the wines made in Loire Valley of France. The grape-growing region is vast, spreading across the entire department of Maine-et-Loire, northern regions of Deux-Sèvres and North-western region of Vienne. The area produces various grapes such as Gamay and Cabernet Franc for red, Chenin Blanc for white as well as those for sparkling. It is known for producing “Rose d’Anjou” using Grolleau as well. Anjou wines has been loved by French people; it even appears in “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas as the favorite wine of one of its main characters Athos.
Even they have long tradition, their popularity was not as high as Bordeaux or Bourgogne. Yet in recent years, the domaine “Clau de Nell” emerged and is being celebrated as the one to elevate its reputation. In 2008, Anne-Claude Leflaive of famed “Domaine Leflaive” purchased “Clau de Nell” and took responsibility for its winemaking; as the result the quality drastically improved. Now the winemaker Sylvain Potin is making amazing biodynamic wines, which wines do not have the fermentation smell typical to biodynamic wines; and their Chenin Blanc and Grolleau, both indigenous varieties of Loire, are surprisingly elegant; especially Chenin Blanc has amazing flavor embodying Domaine Leflaive’s reputation as the charisma of white wine.
The evolution of Anjou is gradually gathering attentions in Japanese wine industry for they match well with Japanese cuisine. It is now commonly known that Chenin Blanc and sparkling wine go well with Japanese dishes; in addition to those, Grolleau and Rosé perfectly match food like sukiyaki or miso-marinated and grilled fish. As Loire is close to Paris, soon many Japanese restaurants in the city will start carrying their wines, and they’ll surely become the news soon. It is anticipated that new winemakers appear in the region, following “Clau de Nell.” If you love drinking wines, keep your eye on the evolution of Anjou.
(Text: Kimiko Anzai)
Inquiry: LUC Corporation (Clau de Nell): TEL03-3586-7501