2017 Eric Morgat, Anjou Blanc La Croisée Des Chenin
ORIGIN: Loire Valley, France
GRAPE: 100% Chenin Blanc
Special Notes: Organic. Best served chilled 12-14c.
Eric Morgat is a handsome young vigneron whose family own Château de Breuil in the Layon. Eric is representative of a number of growers from the Layon who, since the 1990s, have been either renting or purchasing land in Savennières. Aged 25, he bought two hectares of existing vineyards (Domaine de la Monnaie) and made his first wine in 1995. At this time there were only six producers in the whole appellation, but with this renewed interest, vineyard plantings have now nearly tripled to 200 hectares.
Eric Morgat, now has five hectares in production, which he works intensively, de-budding and de-leafing to keep yields well below the rendement at around 30hl/ha. Adopting la lutte raisonnée. Eric prefers to use techniques like homeopathic sprays and cover crop to minimise the use of chemicals.
In common with his fellow Layon wine producers, Eric is producing a richer and riper style of this famously dry and austere wine. In the main, this is due to harvesting in tris (selective pickings), on each occasion picking only very ripe golden (and sometimes passerillé or botrytised) grapes.
Because of the severe frost damage in April in Savennières and Anjou, Monsieur Morgat only made a single, blended cuvée in 2017, of what would normally be his two separate bottlings of Savennières “fides” and his Anjou “Litus”. This has turned out quite nicely, given the brutal frost damage in the spring
Flavor Profile: Deep, complex, and soil driven on the nose with accents of quince, lemon peel, lanolin and chalky soil tones, some wet wool, beeswax and white flowers. Crisp, and full-bodied, complex and well balanced. Good acids and grip with a fine focus and a long, youthful, zesty finish.Food Recommendations: Sashimi, cured fish, ceviches, even Roast Chicken and root vegetables.