Pithon-Paille Anjou Blanc Mozaik 2018 (90 W&S)

“Colored as deeply golden as it tastes, this places lightly floral, zippy citrus fruit over a firm foundation. Its rich melony core has a tingle of salinity, the way southerners salt their honeydew. Drink it next to a vichyssoise to warm up a cold February day.” 

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    Pithon-Paille Anjou Blanc Mozaik 2018


    Mozaik brings together the two great terroirs of Anjou: dark schist and bright limestone. From the region of Montreuil Bellay, the Chenin Blanc is also farmed biodynamically. Fermentation takes place is large, old wooden casks, where the wine ages for about a year before being released. There is a purity to the wine that will appeal to lovers of low-intervention offerings from the Loire Valley, and a real sense of terroir shines through. Peaches and apples are joined by notes of honeysuckle and chalky minerality. This is a very different expression than Baumard’s Savennieres, but a fitting and worthy companion in the portfolio.

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    Anjou, Loire Valley

    Jo Pithon started his famed domaine in 1978. His parents were winemakers in Anjou, and Jo has done as much as anyone to lift the appellation, and the Loire Valley as whole, onto the world stage. His focus on dry whites, now commonplace, was very innovative in the last two decades of the 20th century. He was also at the forefront of organic farming, the use of indigenous yeasts and the rejection of sugar and acid additions.