Le Sot de l'Ange 'ALZ' Blanc 2021
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Direct Press Selection • Decemeber 2022
Press 4 Mix/White
Quentin Bourse of Le Sot de l'Ange did not come from a winemaking family and he was always self-conscious of not attending university, but in the Loire he found a home making wine and following a path he did not imagine as a much younger man. He references this in the name of his winery: Le Sot de l'Ange roughly translates to the 'angel fool' but this is self deprecating, to be sure. These days Quentin is as known for his uncompromising precision in the vineyards and cellar as he is for his intense work ethic and his love of hockey. He interned and learned from many of the best in the Loire, including famed Vouvray producer Domaine Huet. When he got an opportunity to take over some friend's vines in 2013 he jumped and never looked back. His vineyard has been certified Biodynamic for over a decade, making him an outlier in his tiny subzone of Touraine.
ALZ is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, and it shows off the ability of Loire wines to be simultaneously lush and cutting: this combination is stupidly delicious, in case you were wondering. It has a creamy body and notes of canned pear and pineapple juice, but there is a good dose of Meyer lemon and winter citrus in there to lift it up and give it some Vitamin C. Jonathan Kemp