Andrew Guard

2015 IGP Rouge 'L'Envolée', Domaine Andrée

This is a bit of a cult wine for Stéphane, produced from Grolleau Noir and a little Grolleau Gris. On the nose, it has attractively exotic, perfumed wild-berry fruit that is quite crunchy in style. The palate is nicely refined and reserved, showing some lovely dark cherry fruit character but in a tight, fresh and nicely croquant style. A wine that is appealing, fresh and full of life, this would be a great wine for any wine bar!  
 
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.