Andrew Guard

2013 Anjou Rouge 'Les Mines', Domaine Andrée

This is from Stéphane's best parcel of Cabernet Franc; it has vibrant fruit on the nose, showing sous bois, earth and sweet blackcurrant character with an attractive and perfumed seam. Only 12.5% alcohol, the palate is bright, with a supple texture and delicate wiry substance underneath the perfumed fruit. It feels stony, vibrant and fresh in the mouth with warm harmony, lovely complexity and a fine finish. With a couple years in the bottles, this is looking the goods and perfect for this winter. 
 
Over the past decade Anjou and its chenin blanc-based whites have gained a solid reputation for their remarkable depth, particularly among white Burgundy lovers seeking an affordable alternative. The reds, made from Cabernet Franc and/or Grolleau, have long been popular as a sort of alternative to Bourgueil and Chinon.

I was introduced to Stéphane Erissé a few years ago by Antoine Foucault of the Domaine du Collier. Stéphane came to winemaking late in life, he first worked in the building industry before embarking on the profession of vigneron in 2011. Since that time he's ben working with the Foucault's and also from Cyril Fhal of Roussillon's  Clos du Rouge Gorge - for work in the vines and the cellar, one could not have two better teachers!

He named his estate, which is located in the Anjou, after his grandmother Andrée.