Mary Taylor Selections Pascal Biotteau Anjou Blanc 2021
Geographically, Anjou is divided into two dominant profiles, based on soil types. The first, known as “Anjou Blanc,” lies toward the west of the appellation, where chalky limestone soils impart a lighter, more energetic expression of Chenin. Then there’s “Anjou Noir,” referring to the dark volcanic schist soils of the easternmost edge of the Massif Armorican,
where Chenin assumes a richer, more full-bodied character.
Combining the fresh acidity of the “Anjou Blanc” limestone with the flinty, mouthcoating richness of the “Anjou Noir,” this wine offers a beautiful composite picture of Anjou as a whole, with honeyed notes of apricot giving way to a tangy mineral finish.
The sort of classic “bistro wine” wine that you’d dream of drinking on a warm summer evening in Paris, it’s fantastic for fresh goat-cheese salads, fish in cream sauce, or even herb-roasted pork or chicken. Just don’t serve it too cold, according to Mary, to avoid masking its full depth and aromatic complexity.
Appellation: Anjou AOC
Soil Type: Slate, sandstone and carboniferous schists
Varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc
Age of Vines: 25 year average
Farming: Sustainable, HVE 3
Aging Details: Stainless steel