Through the hard work of Jo Pithon, its emblematic owner, the Domaine Pithon-Paillé has created a place of choice among the reference domains in Anjou. Its credo? Terroir. Each wine, although made from the same grape variety, expresses itself differently. In these wines, it is the combination of the soils and the climate that works and everything is done to maintain the spirit of sharing. Organic wines.
The grapes come from the lieu-dit of La Frenaye, in the heart of Anjou’s black schists, lies on a vein of Paleozoic Devonian limestone on the southern bank of the Layon.
Grapes are pressed and then cold temperature settled. The fermentation takes place with natural yeasts in in wooden “tronconique” vats. The cuvÃ©e was aged for one year in these same barrels. A drop of sulfur is added before bottling to preserve the purity of ours wines.
With pale yellow color, the aromas of clear white and clear yellow fruits. The mouth-feel is ample with beautiful acidity and characteristic of Chenin and the subsoil of schist.
Lean, white fish or hard cheeses pair wonderful with the bright and acidic character here.
Other Wines by this Producer
Vin de France
Despite being Pithon’s entry level offering, the Grololo is by far his most popular and is allocated throughout the world. Slightly carbonic, the wine is fresh and vibrant and should be served at cellar temperature, if not slightly below.
Mozaik brings together the two great terroirs of Anjou: dark schist and bright limestone. From the region of Montreuil Bellay, the Chenin Blanc is also farmed biodynamically. Fermentation takes place is large, old wooden casks, where the wine ages for about a year before being released. There is a purity to the wine that will appeal to lovers of low-intervention offerings from the Loire Valley, and a real sense of terroir shines through. Peaches and apples are joined by notes of honeysuckle and chalky minerality. This is a very different expression than Baumard’s Savennieres, but a fitting and worthy companion in the portfolio.
Cremant de Loire
This sparkling, biodynamic Chenin Blanc comes from the Saumurois Appellation, which is characterized by chalky tuffeau and sits just southeast of the town of Puy Notre Dame. The base wine is fermented with indigenous yeast, and is aged for a year in second and third pass Burgundy barrels. It’s aged on the lees for another year, and no dosage is added. The wine displays a complex bouquet of ripe stone fruit, white flowers and dried fruit. There is just a hint of fresh baked bread, coming from the autolytics. This crémant is a standout by any measure, and a phenomenal value in the world of sparkling wine.