In Anjou-Saumur, in the Loire, this biodynamic vineyard is run by Christian Jacques, husband of the late Anne-Claude Leflaive of Burgundy, and their daughter Claire. Consisting of a little over nine hectares (about 25 acres) with two hectares planted with the indigenous Grolleau grape, the rest being five hectares of Cabernet Franc, one and half of Chenin Blanc and one of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Everything is hand harvested, completely destemmed, with native yeasts being used for the fermentation, which is in oak barrels. The Grolleau is delightfully fresh and vibrant, with a combination of blackberries and blueberries on the nose. There’s good weight on the pallet, crunchy texture and lively acidity and a nice long, slightly spicy finish. Biodynamic, Vegan.