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Château Pierre-Bise Rouannieres Anjou Villages sur Spilite 2014


Les Rouannières is a vineyard planted in soils of schist and an oceanic volcanic basalt known as spilite. This wine kicks off with aromas of dark, glossy and perfumed fruit, with notes of sooty plum. The palate feels very fresh and pure, with a tense and bright structure, plus lots of grippy tannins, ripe and fine-grained, with vibrant acidity. All in all, a very appealing style with plenty of grip.

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Château Pierre-Bise Quarts de Chaume 2016


The top cuvée. One for the purist terroirists rather than the hedonists. The finished blend is almost 100% botrytised fruit and has residual sugar of 175 g/l. The nose is admirably high-toned and full of toasted-honeyed nuts, with a bed of grilled and dried berry fruits. The palate shows great substance and polish, with a velvety, creamed-fruit texture, polished and weighty, cut through by a fresh acid bite. This is imposing, textural, majestic even, with tangible weight and an impressive length. It remains fresh throughout, though, and it retains a sense of purity. An excellent cuvée and an absolute must for the cellar.

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Château Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon – Beaulieu Les Rouannières 2018


100% Chenin Blanc, the Rouannieres is made in 50% stainless steel tank and 50% old oak barrels. Aromatically it present an array of nicely concentrated and dried fruits, with a little caramelisation wrapped around the edges. The palate feels pure, concentrated as suggested by the nose, but also tense and correct, with a lovely balance of caramelised orchard fruits, praline and toasted nuts on one side, countered by delightfully fresh acidity on the other, giving it a very fine sense of poise. Very impressive, deliciously balanced, long and pithy with phenolic energy in the finish.

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