PV Tasting Notes
The 97 vintage saw some utterly superb sweet wines produced in the Loire valley, and this is no exception. Now reaching its full maturity, the wine is mind bogglingly good, and represents the true essence of Chenin Blanc, deep amber, unctuously textured and full bodied, there are a myriad of aromas and flavours, apricot, quince, mango, papaya, grapefruit, bergamot, acacia blossom, quinine and chalk. This is penetrating but perfectly balanced and the finish lingers forever, revealing yet more waves of mineral and fruit. Should continue to drink well for another 15 to 20 years. Last tasted April 2008.Independent Review
95 points Robert Parkers Wine Advocate Aug 1999
Philippe Delesvaux's 1997s are to Coteaux du Layon what Mr. Universe is to manhood - huge freaks of nature that are both fascinating and unreal. The 1997s may be over-the-top. The 1997 Coteaux du Layon contains 459 grams of residual sugar per liter. It is anybody's guess as to how it will cope with cellaring as there is no empirical basis with which to judge the ageworthiness of such an unusual wine with relatively low alcohol and acidity combined with such stratospheric sugar levels. My instincts suggest consumption over the next 5-6 years.
The Wine Spectator June 1999
This intense white combines richness and delicacy. The honey, earth, pineapple and spice flavors are not quite harmonious yet, but it has distinctive character and impressive concentration. Better with development. Best after 2002.
Because of the high levels of fresh fruit sugars within this wine it will best suit any sweeter deserts including chocolate based puds. Perfect with Apple Strudel or apple based desserts, Bread and Butter pudding, Crème brûlée, Pears in red wine, Pavlova or Vacherin’s and Baclava. This will also suit all manner of soft and blue cheese.
Since 1985, Philippe has been a precursor in terms of grape sorting with the creation of a Cuvee called " Sélections de Grains Nobles " and has always worked on the fame of exceptional cuvees. In 2007, he became President of the Grains Nobles association.
For about 30 years they have focused on respecting the vines, the soil, the biorhythms and the biodynamic rhythms. They also have always waited as long as necessary for the maturation of the wine and have received the certification Organic Agriculture/ECOCERT.
A good wine cannot be produced without good grapes. Our wines are produced with grapes and only with grapes.
Catherine checks each bottle before and after labeling in order to avoid any default of the product.
High quality corks are used.
They are members of the following organisations : the Organic and Biodynamic Farmers Group in Anjou, the French Independent Winemakers. They also have created a club for botrytised wines called “Sapros”.