Savennières Wine

Savennières Wine

The Bizard family has been running the Château d'Epiré estate since 1882 when heiress Elisabeth Poudret de Sevret bequeathed it to her friend Théophile Bizard. Today it is run by his great-great-grandson Paul Bizard who tends 11 hectares of vines (10ha of which are Chenin Blanc along with 1ha of Cabernet Franc) on the northern bank of the river Loire in ideal south- and south-west-facing locations. Paul's vines are divided into 5 parcels located on free-draining soils that are rich in schist, which contains veins of phthanite, yielding wines of great complexity and longevity. There is a keen emphasis on environmental equilibrium at the domaine and a hectare of fallow ground surrounds the château and the ancient Bois Bescherelle woodland is left with deciduous tree cover to encourage wildlife and absorb carbon. When Paul took over from his father Luc in 2019, he installed 20 beehives and introduced plentiful nesting boxes to promote biodiversity.

Château d'Epiré's principal wine is a classic, dry Savennières called 'Le Parc' that drinks well on its youthful fruit but can be matured for 2 to 3 years. With an attractive wildflower and herb bouquet, nervy, citrus-edged palate and saline umami edge, it makes a versatile aperitif or partner to shellfish. Not to be overlooked is the sweet 'Comtesse de Las Cases' that is made from late-picked, hand-harvested grapes and makes a versatile dessert wine. With dried fruit and honeysuckle aromas and sumptuous orchard fruit palate underscored by a bright acidity, it will age gracefully for up to 20 years.

One of the most sought-after wines in Anjou is the Savennières 'Coulée de Serrant' made at the eponymous monopole estate of the Joly family who pioneered biodynamic farming in the region. Typically, the finished wine has a complex bouquet of russet apples, fennel and mushrooms followed by a palate of melon and citrus fruit that opens up with prolonged exposure to air. It drinks well from release, merits decanting and can be cellared for 5 to 10+ years.

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  1. Savennières: Château d'Epiré 'Le Parc' Sec 2019
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    £22.50
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    £270.00
  2. Savennières: Château d'Epiré 'Comtesse de las Cases' Moelleux 2018
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    £22.95
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    £275.40
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