2006 Jo Pithon "Les Bergères" Anjou Blanc (Previously $26)

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The vines of the Domaine Jo Pithon grow on a 27-hectare surface which spreads on five different terroirs in the heart of the vineyard of Anjou. This particular white comes for the 3-hectare vineyards of 'Les Bergères' and 'Les Bonnes Blanches' on the schist terraces of Saint-Lambert. Aged half in wood vats and half in barrels, it is 100% chenin blanc and 100% pure pleasure, with ample ripe fruit (green apple with a hint of pineapple) balanced by that amazing tangy acidity for which this grape is known. An excellent cheese wine, this pairs equally well with chicken salad and veggie dishes. From Wine Spectator: "Fresh, with nice delineation to the quince, persimmon and anise flavors that extend through the lengthy, minerally finish. Nicely done. Drink now through 2011." (Web only, 2009)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/1/2011  | Send Email
I can't get enough of this little dry Chenin. Aromas hint at stone fruits, green apple, and honey, but the palate, though layered and fleshy, is still dry as a bone. It makes a refreshing apertif, be it solo or paired with with strong cheeses and cured meats, and has the acidity to stand up to heavier dishes like fried chicken, pork chops, and creamy pastas. I am hesitant to promote it further because I want it to last as long as possible for my own personal consumption, but I can't resist the desire to sing its praises in hopes that you get to enjoy it too!

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/20/2010  | Send Email
This is one of the last vintages produced of this wine. Jo Pithon established this domaine in 1978 but due to debts the domaine was purchased in 2005 by Philippe Fournier. Jo Pithon was kept on but he resigned in 2008 starting Pithon-Paille. The Jo Pithon holdings are now under the Domaine FL label. Out of this story we get our hands on a Chenin Blanc with some bottle age that normally retails for $26 that we are able to sell for only $11.99. On the nose is a candied citrus peel and spice with a slight nutty oxidative aroma. The slight oxidative note is evident on the palate but still showing a bit of bright apple along with spice and more of the candied citrus. The acidity has mostly integrated but there is still enough to clean up the palate and finishes with more nuts, spice and citrus. This is a wine that still has the body and enough acidity to pair with lighter food and cheeses or just open and relax with it by itself.

By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2010  | Send Email
This is what I want to be drinking all the time. For those who know dry Chenin Blanc well, this will feel like the most familiar and deeply satisfying glass of wine you've had in a long time. For those who don't know the noble grape of Vouvray and Savenniere, this will be something incredibly new and exciting. Not at all tired this 4 year old wine from the heart of the Loire Valley, shows a lot of depth for the price. It begins with an intense nutty aroma backed by spice and caramelized pear. As the bottle aerates, the nut takes a back seat and the more vibrant citrus comes forward. Versatile and complex at this new price, this is one of my favorite wines in the store right now.
Top Value! Drink from 2010 to 2012

 By: GZ |  Review Date: 3/14/2010 
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There is more oak in this chenin blanc than I like, although the fruit and mineral stand up pretty well.

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Varietal:

Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.