Pithon-Paille Cremant de Loire Brut de Chenin NV (90 WS)
“A bold sparkler, featuring warm notes of toasted hazelnut and walnut mixed with red apple, Anjou pear and ginger flavors. Displays enough tension for balance through the broad finish. Distinctive.”
Pithon-Paille Cremant de Loire Brut de Chenin NV
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.
Anjou, Loire Valley
Jo Pithon started his famed domaine in 1978. His parents were winemakers in Anjou, and Jo has done as much as anyone to lift the appellation, and the Loire Valley as whole, onto the world stage. His focus on dry whites, now commonplace, was very innovative in the last two decades of the 20th century. He was also at the forefront of organic farming, the use of indigenous yeasts and the rejection of sugar and acid additions.