Coteaux du Layon Wine
The Lecointre family have been making wine in Anjou since 1779 and constructed their 'Château La Tomaze' H.Q. in Champ-sur-Layon in the 1890s. Not that this is a backward looking enterprise. Current patron Cyrille Lecointre converted their entire vine-holdings to organic viticulture when his father Vincent retired, gaining organic certification for the 2017 vintage. With plots of vines in the communes Rablay-sur-Layon, Faye d'Anjou and Champ-sur-Layon he has a broad spectrum of fruit to work with and therefore a greater chance of obtaining Chenin Blanc grapes that are enriched by botrytis cinerea or 'Noble Rot'.
His most prolific Coteaux du Layon, now labelled as 'Atomes Crochus' has a bouquet of ripe melons and citrus fruit and a gently-honeyed palate of poached pears offset by a fresh acidity. It makes a fine partner to salty blue cheeses or fruit-based puddings and will cellar well for up to decade. When favourable conditions prevail Cyrille also produces his flagship patron bottling called 'Cuvée des Lys'. With complex dried fruit and beeswax scents and a rich palate of candied peel, figs and minerals, it makes a decadent bonne bouche or contemplative end of meal libation. It can be 'laid down' for 20 years or more and will deepen and darken with bottle age.