This shimmering, beautifully realized dry Chenin Blanc is just what our dinner tables are clamoring for this summer.
2019 Mary Taylor, Pascal Biotteau Anjou Blanc, Loire Valley
$15.99 per bottle $191.88 per case
We began stocking the Mary Taylor line of wines around this time last year. We had the pleasure of meeting her and tasting through her lineup of honest and authentic wines of Europe when she was launching her brand here in California. Mary’s passion for wines of place and demystifying that for the consumer was evident in both her explanations and in the glass. We were thrilled with the wines then, and there are plenty of our savvy customers that see those labels and grab the wines instinctively, confident that they are getting true wines, and at a very fair price.
One feature that we find so charming is that while Mary Taylor has her name on the bottle, she also prominently presents the name of the grower/winemaker from each region, right on the front label. This, too, assures you that her goal is to not take credit for the wines, but to act as a conduit between those growers and us, the wine lovers. Pretty cool, no?
Two of our most popular of Mary’s wines came from the Loire Valley. Not shocking as we can’t seem to keep wines from the Loire Valley on the shelves these days. But what we found so exciting was how excited people were for her Anjou Blanc made from Chenin Blanc. Every time we turned around the wine was out of stock. Total bummer when we heard the wine was sold out, that was until we tasted the new 2019!
“I just can’t stop thinking about that Anjou Blanc,” said our colleague Kevin Lepisto.
“Well, when you get that new Anjou Blanc in, it is going to be our go-to for almost everything food-wise,” said our owner Randy Kemner.
Just two examples of how this 2019 Mary Taylor Anjou Blanc stuck with us after sampling it. Wasn’t too long a leap before it was brought up as a contender, (or slam-dunk, already won before we even really discussed it) for our August Wine of the Month.
Pascal Biotteau is the 4th generation to work the family vineyards. Here we have an average vine age of 25 years, grown in an area that separates the volcanic schist soils of the east and the chalky limestone soils of the west, giving us perfectly balanced Chenin Blanc. Beautifully full on the palate, curvy and plump, dripping with ripe succulent pears and notes of spice, but then the playful energy and mineral notes come blazing in, leaving the palate vibrating with freshness and longing for another sip. This falls into a brilliant food-wine category, for its ample weight is giving it shoulders for richer foods to fall upon, and its dry, crisp finish works well with lighter dishes and summer fresh salads. Load up, we bought every case, every bottle our importer had!