and René Mosse (2007)
This husband and wife team is new to Savennières having bought half a hectare near the Moulin de Beaupréau from Eric Morgat in spring 2007. Morgat himself had never worked the vineyard, having received it in a strategic land swap with Bernard Merlet. The Mosses had arrived in Anjou in 1999, buying an existing domaine in St Lambert-du-Lattay, where they now farm their 16 hectares of vines biodynamically. Prior to this, they had run a successful bistro-wine bar in Tours where they had befriended Jo Pithon, and it was he who convinced the Mosses to become producers rather than purveyors of wine. In the mid 1999s, René enrolled in a viticulture and winemaking course in Amboise and subsequently did a couple of stages in Volnay and Pommard. Having been ‘financially challenged’ in the early days of their domaine, they took in partners from Belgium, themselves followers of natural wines, and today the Mosses control 33% of the domaine. They have two full time employees, one of whom is Toby Bainbridge, an English refugee who arrived in Angers as an agricultural exchange student in 1997. After a two week stage in Brissac, he fell in love with the concept of growing and making wine, and he has been working with the Mosses since 2006. The first release of the Agnès and René Mosse Savennières was three barrels of the 2007 vintage.