Articles from: August 1, 2011

The Insurance Man

Its funny really that we should have a wine tour guest who happens to work in the insurance business, because our man at Domaine de L’Enchantoir Pierre up to very recently was himself in the insurance business before giving it two fingers and becoming a student of viticulture and then buying the vineyard at L’Enchantoir in 2008 when he made his first vintage with the previous owner. His first vintage on his own in 2009 has reaped some very prestigious awards indeed from the top gong at the premier wine fair for Loire wines in Angers for his Saumur Puy Notre Dame to a silver at the Concours General in Paris. You can’t do a lot better  than that for your first vintage can you? He now has his red and white wines used in promoting the wines of the loire.  It was a brave move to get into wine so late in life and how he been proved right. A real gem in the world of Loire valley wines.

Anyway our insurance man Philip and his wife Sarah enjoyed a great lunch in Puy Notre Dame at the little bistro next to the church where we had a lovely homemade terrine and cured meat followed by a chicken and lentil plat de jour. The wine was an organic cabernet de saumur appellation from a local domaine called tete rouge. Sorry guys but lacking fruit and quite bland. Not a patch on the natural cabinet de saumur from Pierre at Enchantoir.

Philip and Sarah chose the white Saumur blanc appellation as a wine for their son’s wedding. Pierre has picked the chenin blanc grapes at full maturity (2010 was a great year) and the alcohol level is 14%. He has been clever in fully fermenting the sugars to produce a dry fruity quite complex wine which he has developed by the use of batonnage where the wine is left in contact with the lees in the vat and stirred in the vat  to impart more flavours using a stick on the end of which is a board with holes to ‘pull’ up the sediment into the wine juice. This of course takes time and Pierre is a big exponent of allowing wine to develop in the vat. The resultant wine is crisp dry fruity with a taste of grapefruit with a depth of flavour and a long finish of creaminess. No wonder he has won such awards.

He has just bottled his 2010 blanc after 10 months developing a potion of pure magic. Forget Chardonnay and Sauvignon, with a wine as good as this from the chenin blanc grape why bother with the others?

gfwine.co.uk is the place to find this delicious wine from Enchantoir. Cheers.