Anjou Blanc "Treilles"

2018
France
Loire

Pure Chenin Blanc from the 2.72 hectare monopole of the Coteau des Treilles. The “Côte-Rôtie” of the Loire was abandoned after WWII because of the steep slopes (up to 70%) and remoteness of inside what is now Pont Barré Natural Reserve. The soil is a mashup of geological chaos including magmatic rocks, schist, puddingstone, and the oldest limestone in the Loire. Aged for 18 months in barrel before bottling.

97 points
"A monopole of just under 3ha, south-facing, with pudding-stone and arenite on spilite terroirs. A complex nose, rather Mediterranean in style, with notes of apricot, white peach, rockrose and iodine. The entry is mouth-coating, fleshy yet crystalline so the texture is fine-grained and perfectly balanced. A magical, elegant wine with excellent ageing potential."
Yohan Castaing,
Decanter
, January 2019
97 points
"The south-facing 2.72-hectare monopole Coteau des Treilles in Rochefort was resuscitated at the end of the 1990s by Jo Pithon from Domaine Pithon, once famous for world-class noble sweet wines from the Coteaux du Layon. Abandoned after the war because of its 30% to 70% steep slopes, this south-facing hillside is based on "geological chaos," as Ivan Massonnat puts it. "The subsoils are made up of magmatic rocks, schists, pudding stone and ancient limestones. ... This plot is located in the heart of the Pont-Barré Natural Reserve, a heaven of biodiversity that has never known chemistry and is home to exceptional flora and fauna, observed as early as the 18th century by Angevin botanists." "
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, July 8, 2021
95 points
"Not a powerhouse, and a bit restrained at first, but with air, this opens up beautifully, allowing the notes of peach, ginger and yellow plum to emerge tied to a bony frame. The complexity makes this almost a philosophical drink, but a bright mineral note and the alluring, mouthwatering edge bring back the immediate enjoyment. Superlong and harmonious, but the slight crunch on the finish suggests this could benefit from more aging. Best from 2023 through 2035. 333 cases made."
Aleks Zecevic,
Wine Spectator
, 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB3677-18
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic