Don’t let the lack of an appellation on the label fool you; these Vin de France are some of the most compelling and exquisite Chenin Blanc coming out of the Loire today.
Mark Angeli owns a 7-hectare estate with vines in Anjou, Coteaux-du-Layon, and Bonnezeaux. By law, the latter two AOCs are to produce sweet Chenin Blanc exclusively, but Mark Angeli had a different idea in mind. Mark flipped the script and is now responsible for making some of the most captivating dry white wines in the area.
Unfortunately, the AOC refuses to allow Mark to designate his ‘rebel’ bottlings, which is why his prized La Lune and Les Vieilles Vignes des Blanderies simply state “Vin de France” on the labels - despite being estate grown. Connoisseurs and critics alike don’t mind this small detail, and Stephan Reinhardt of The Wine Advocate has even stated, “to me, this is a Vin de France only virtually but in fact a true and outstanding Anjou blanc from the Coteaux du Layon,” attesting to these high-quality wines.
If you love delightfully dry, crisp, balanced, and creamy Chenin Blanc, don’t hesitate to add Ferme de la Sansonniere to your cart!