This is a remarkably pure and expressive single-vineyard Chenin, sourced from the 'Les Cailloux' vineyard in Anjou. Here the soils are rich in schist and quartz, imparting a deep minerality to the final wine that compliments layers and layers of stone fruit, citrus and beeswax. These vines were abandoned until 2017, when winemaker Olivier adopted a regenerative farming approach to revitalising the plot. A true hidden gem! Lean and textured, this is a stunning expression that's rounded out nicely thanks to 12 months in old oak barrels.
In Olivier’s own words, 'POÏÈSIS is the Greek root of poesy with the meaning of creation, the action of doing, to magnify a raw material into something that procures emotions, in a word: craftsmanship.'
Clos des Plantes is an exciting project driven by the skilled, young winemaker Olivier Lejeune in Anjou. After training in New Zealand, including a long stint at Felton Road in Central Otago, Olivier returned to his native France to work with Mark Angeli; arguably one of the great masters of Loire Chenin, alongside Clos Rougeard, Richard Leroy, Domaine Huet and their contemporaries. This could not be more evident in his own wines. His Chenins in particular are remarkable. Grown on the black schist soils that Richard Leroy favours (Olivier's wines draw a wonderful comparison to his too), these are crystalline, intensely flavoured expressions with abundant age-ability. His Cabernet Franc/ Chenin blend is also entirely worth drinking, providing a fresh take on these iconic Loire grapes.
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