One of the oldest and most celebrated domaines in Savennières, Chateau d’Épiré is rich in history. Savennières is situated just southwest of Angers, on the north bank of the Loire River. Vines have been cultivated there since the time of the Romans. The domaine itself has been in the Bizard family continuously since the 17th century. The most recent owners and caretakers of the land are Monsieur and Madame Luc Bizard. They own eleven hectares, nine of which are entirely dedicated to the cultivation of Pineau de la Loire, known today as Chenin Blanc. The château is exquisite, but the pièce de résistance is their winery, formerly a Romanesque chapel, which is from the 12th century. Truly a blessed wine!
While increasingly warm vintages, such as 2019 in the Loire Valley, threaten to upset a wine’s traditional balance and typicity, we have not seen that with Château d’Épiré’s Savennières. Rather than make things overripe and blowsy, as one might fear, the sunny conditions have instead intensified the trademark character of Chenin Blanc from these schist-laden vineyards overlooking the Loire. A discreet nose of fresh walnuts prefaces this white wine flavored more of fractured stone than of any fruit or flower. The finish is bone-dry and utterly mouthwatering, as with any self-respecting Savennières.