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Friday, 5 March 2010

Chateau de l'Eperonnière

Mathieu Tijou comes from a long winemaking heritage and has a small holding of around 10 hectares surrounding the Chateau de l'Eperonnière in Rochefort-sur-Loire.

He's in the process of developing a business based around oenotourisme offering chambres d'hotes, talks, tastings and dinners for those interested in wine. Here you can come and discover the secrets of growing vines and making wine in beautiful surroundings while having the added bonus of Mathieu who can tell you stories from the 5 generations of winemakers in his family.

We took the opportunity to taste some of Mathieu's wines at the Salon des Vins recently. He's a keen polo player and the labelling of his wines reflects this although we didn't taste the Polo Brut or Polo Rosé sparkling wines on this occasion.

Chateau de l'Eperonnière
Savennières 2008
A lovely light golden colour. Classic Savennières nose with delicate whisky notes. Soft and gentle on the palate with a hint of citrus, grapefruit, pear and honey. Medium body and weight but good. Still young but not fiercely mineral so enjoyable now.

Anjou Villages 2008
Blackberry forest fruits. Quite light and fruity on the mid palate. 6 months in fut has given it a slightly spicey note but tannins are relatively light and easy.

Rosé de Loire 2009
Pretty pink colour with an almost fluorescent tone. Real strawberry fruit and pear drops on the nose. Very dry on the palate but not austere. The fresh fruit continues through until the end making it refreshing and easy to drink. This will be an excellent summer wine.

Coteaux du Layon 2006
Mathieu is very keen to stress the importance of sugar/acid balance. The wine has a nice golden hue with some slightly greenish tinges. Pears, quince and honey on the nose. Very fruity on the palate - not cloying and a nice balance of acidity to combat the 110g/l residual sugar. Great as an apero.

We hope to be working more closely with Mathieu this year and are looking forward to introducing him to our clients as part of our Loire wine tours.

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