Mathieu Tijou, Château de l'Eperonniere (2008)  

Part of the great Anjou wine dynasty, Mathieu is the youngest son of Pierre-Yves Tijou who, until December 2007, was the owner of Château Soucherie in Chaume. The family had bought and planted a small parcel of La Croix Picot in around 2001, although the resulting wine had never been either bottled or released. Prior to the sale of Soucherie, the 1.5 hectares of vines at La Croix Picot were sold separately to Mathieu who made his first vintage in 2007.

The Savennières is made at Château de l'Eperonniere, a twenty hectare property on the plateau above Rochefort in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon. His other wines, which include Anjou Rouge, Rosé de la Loire, Coteaux du Layon and sparkling wines, are bought in and sold under his own label. 

2009 'La Croix Picot'
Deep appearance; distinctly yellow-gold. High toned nose with a powerful menthol character. This is completely smoothered by oak which dries out any fruit. Falls short with just the impression of acidity carrying the finish. (02/11)

2007 'La Croix Picot'
Ten months ageing with 20% in tank and the rest being barrel fermented with the malolactic blocked. Authentic mineral and slatey nose. Clean and proper. Creamy behind with some quince. Soft, open and attractive with lovely balance and very good focus. There is a fine mineral thread running through the wine. Linear and persistent. Juicy. Very good and shows future promise. This should evolve further. (02/10)

Mathieu Tijou
Château de l'Eperonniere
Rochefort sur Loire
T: + 33 2 41 78 33 50
P: + 33 6 20 89 92 86 


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