Domaine de Juchepie, 2018 Update

Located on he outskirts of Faye-d’Anjou, which is the very first of the Coteaux du Layon villages the Layon meets as it flows towards the Loire, Domaine de Juchepie enjoys an enviable position. It sits at the side of the road that runs from Faye-d’Anjou down to Beaulieu-sur-Layon, separated from the waters of the Layon by a kilometre of vineyards and other vegetation. That might seem at first glance a rather long distance, but in truth it is not too far, and on cool autumn mornings river mists creep up over the vineyards, their advance spurred on by the presence of a small stream, the Ruisseau de Saint-Martin, which runs down to the river alongside the Juchepie vines.

Domaine de Juchepie

No prizes, then, for guessing that Eddy (pictured above) and Mileine Oosterlinck, the Belgian proprietors of Domaine de Juchepie, turn out a very convincing portfolio of sweet, botrytis-influenced wines, from the entry-level Les Churelles up to the infrequently released flagship cuvée, Quintessence. In recent years, however, I have also come to see the high quality within their dry wines. Some cuvées are on a par with those made by some of the most famous names of Anjou, including Richard Leroy, and as the prices of Richard’s wines head northwards it would seem most of us are going to need more realistic alternatives.

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