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PIERRE MENARD

LOIRE. FAYE D´ANJOU. AOC ANJOU. FRANCE
Practicing biodynamic since 2013

After studying wine in the Agronomic school of Angers, Pierre traveled the world to learn about the different processes and made wine in Canada, New Zealand and Hungary.

Only in his late twenties, Pierre started to produce wine in the Layon in 2013, using a 100 year old Chenin Blanc vineyard laying on schist called “Le Quart des Noëls”. The plot used to belong to his parents who withdrew some of the vines from the cooperative contract.

A year later, Pierre added up two new plots: an old Sauvignon Blanc “Clos de La Roche” and a young Chenin Blanc vineyard and made two new cuvées: Laïka, a dry Sauvignon and Cosmos a nicely balanced Côteaux du Layon. Pierre also produces a Verjus by picking at véraison the unripe berries in his Clos de la Roche & Quart des Noëls which helps the remaining grapes to achieve full maturity.

Grapes are picked by hand and carefully selected for the production of dry whites. Grapes are pressed very slowly using two small wooden basket press, and then wine is transferred and left in the barrel for a year. For the sweet coteaux, Pierre picks the  vineyard 3-4 times to select the right noble rot fruit.

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