Domaine de Juchepie, 2023 Update

One of the unsung heroes of the Anjou region, I relish every opportunity to taste with Eddy Oosterlinck of Domaine de Juchepie. For as long as I have known Eddy and his domaine, he has been turning out exemplary examples of Anjou Blanc to challenge the best wines of the region (both those with the appellation, and those residing in the Vin de France category), not to mention an array of heady sweet wines swirled with toast and praline in the Coteaux du Layon Faye appellation. Whichever you favour, and whichever direction – sweet or dry – you think the vignerons of Anjou should be heading in, Eddy has something that fits the bill.

For many years I have tasted with Eddy and his wife Mileine, although in our recent encounters Eddy has been accompanied by his son, Mathieu. As I understand it, Mathieu is still resident and working in Belgium (from where the Oosterlinck family originated) but he is clearly helping out with some aspects of running their domaine on the banks of the Layon. Personally I hope he gets more involved in future, as I sense he has the same warm and welcoming nature that his parents emit, and I could see the domaine continuing to flourish under his direction.

Domaine de Juchepie

In the meantime, however, Eddy has not ben resting on his laurels. He has a new selection of vintages to show, and an exciting new cuvée, one created as a possible candidate for the cru system currently being developed in Anjou. So in the and I was even more pleased that I stopped off to taste here than I had anticipated.

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