La Montagne 2019 VdF
Anjou, Loire Valley
I have had the 2016 and 2017 if this wine, we did not see any 2018 for whatever reason. The wine is outstanding, pure Chenin with the classic lanolin, florals, honey, white orchard fruits, and the textbook med+ body and laser-like acidity to offset.
Here is my tasting note on the 2016 la Montagne
Loaded with textbook lanolin notes boosted with fresh-cut florals, ripe and juicy green apple, meyer lemon blossom, and juicy, fresh pear it resonates on the palate with a core of smoldering intensity and mineral cut that carries through to a long, vibrant and complex finish. The vines are Coteaux du Layon, so a touch of honey peeks in with loads of dry extract.
La Montagne is the name of one the three south-southwest-facing hills in Bonnezeaux. The other two are Fesles and Beauregard.At the top of the old vineyard in Bonnezeaux is a lot of clay. Under the old vineyard and the younger vineyards there is a lot of broken schist. The old vineyard has more schist. Guyonne has been working organically in the vineyard since 2014. The vineyards had previously been farmed conventionally but since they laid abandoned for 30 years they had returned to a more natural balance.