Marc Angeli is an active environmentalist who tends all of his vines organically and eschews official French wine classification because he objects to the Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualité's ongoing policy of permitting wine-makers to deploy chemical fertilisers and herbicides. His Ferme de la Sansonnière near Thouarcé (20km south of Angers), is committed to viticulture with minimal intervention and enjoys an international following amongst climate-conscious consumers, sommeliers and journalists. His highly-regarded 'La Lune' is made from pure Chenin Blanc and has a distinctive baked brioche bouquet and complex stewed fruit palate with notes of honey, nuts and preserved peel. Marc also produces an excellent red called 'Les Gélinettes' made from Grolleau Noir that is grown on schist. The finished wine is not dissimilar to a Gamay with a wealth of ripe berry fruit, fine tannins and a fresh acidity. It drinks well lightly-chilled and makes a fine accompaniment to soft cheese or charcuterie.
Based just to the west at Le Champ-sur-Layon, Marc's near neighbour Cyrille Lecointre also tends his vine holdings organically and his Château la Tomaze wines are all now certified as Agriculture Biologique. His rosé Cabernet d'Anjou, made from Cabernet Franc and called 'Flirt', has an attractive coral pink colour, inviting 'crushed berry' scents and an off-dry palate of cranberries and raspberries. It makes a terrific al fresco aperitif or partner to spicy Asian dishes.