Château Pierre-Bise, 2019 Update

With the sad demise of at least one of my favoured domaines in Anjou during the past year (sad, even if something quite brilliant seems to have sprung forth from the remains), it is pleasing to me and my palate to see another old favourite pass seamlessly from one generation to the next. Here at Château Pierre-Bise a tasting of the latest releases will now see you sitting down with René Papin (pictured below), the third generation of the family (along with his brother Christophe) to tend the Papin vineyards. Indeed, I think it is two or perhaps even three years since I last set eyes on Claude Papin. I imagine Claude is kept as busy as ever during harvest, when it is all hands on deck, but otherwise I hope he is enjoying a happy retirement.

Château Pierre-Bise

For this most recent assessment of the Château Pierre-Bise portfolio, then, I sat down with René and we began with the most recent releases of the dry whites. Our focus was largely on the 2017 and 2016 vintages, although a few cuvées from preceding vintages, 2015 and even 2014, did creep into the mix. I have also augmented my report with a couple of tasting notes on wines tasted at home, again from the 2015 and 2014 vintages.

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