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Friday, 22 January 2010

2008 Vieilles Vignes Anjou Blanc Château Soucherie

At the end of the French Independent Wine Growers tasting at Lords on Tuesday it was hard to refuse the many offers of bottles to take away as the producers no longer wanted them – too many for them to carry plus all the security restrictions. I did agree to take four, so I departed Lords clanking like an habitual pique-assiette. Had I wished and been strong enough I could have left with at least 12!

One of the bottles I took was this nearly full bottle of 2008 Anjou Blanc from Château Soucherie. I had been very impressed by it at the tasting, so was very pleased to get the opportunity to taste this wine, 100% Chenin Blanc from a parcel of 80 year old vines, again. It did not disappoint having a lovely balance of fruit and acidity. The acidity is the crucial element: ripe not at all green and provides a counterbalance for the quite mouth filling fruit. Wonderfully precise wine that carries off its 14% alcohol.

This property was long owned by the Tijou family but a couple of years ago it was bought by Roger François Béquinot. There are 30 hectares of vines – 24 at Beaulieu, four in Chaume and two in Savennières (Clos les Perrières).


Per and Britt, BKWine said...

Didn't know it had been sold. When was that? Any info on the new owners? Any impression of the evolution of the wines since the change?

Jim's Loire said...

Hi Per and Britt

I was told that it had been sold some two years ago (1997). I know nothing about the owner, although I assume that he made his money outside wine.

The estate is in conversion to organic viticulture.

The wines are impressive and I will certainly be looking to visit them soon.