There are only about 100 hectares of it left in the Loire (Eric has 2.5 of them), but it is sensational stuff and Eric has been winning awards left right and centre for his.
Region: The estate covers 27 hectares in the Pays de Retz. A small area at the western, Atlantic end of the Loire Valley, just to the south west of Nantes. The wine is categorised as a Vin de Pays du Val de Loire. This being one of the 140 or so Vin de Pays regions found in France.
Offered: April 2017.
Price was: £14.95.
Alcohol: 13.5% abv.
Vintage report: 2015 was a good vintage. Generally thought to be about an 8 out of 10. Yields were a little low and Autumn rains caused a bit of trouble for growers in the western Loire, but a hot, dry summer across the region meant the wines have plenty of ripeness.
Drinking window: 2017 – 2019.
Food matching: Delicious as an aperitif but would pair well with seafood or summer salads.