Based to the east of the village of Thouarcé, 20 kilometres due south of Angers, Marc Angeli's 'Ferme de la Sansonnière' is a small (7 hectare) but significant enclave of 'minimal intervention' biodynamic wine making. Marc refuses to work within the constraints of the governing Institut National des Appellations d'Origine, declassifying his entire output to lowly 'Vin de France' as he is appalled by their ongoing failure to outlaw the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. His wines now command a fiercely loyal international following and are fiendishly difficult to source on secondary markets.
His popular 'La Lune' bottling, made from pure Chenin Blanc grown on 12 different plots, has an inviting bouquet of baked bread and a complex palate of stewed apples, nuts, honey and minerals. A second cuvée called 'Vieilles Vignes de Blanderies' comes from 79 year-old rootstock and has a wealth of ripe orchard fruit scents and flavours plus a long, savoury finish. Marc also makes a wittily titled 'Rosé d'un Jour', from pure Grolleau Gris, that has a pretty coral-pink colour bright berry aromas and a soft red fruit palate with a touch of residual sugar.
Marc's near neighbour, Cyrille Lecointre, based 4 kilometres to the west at Champ-sur-Layon, makes an uplifting, organic Cabernet d'Anjou that has an attractive salmon pink robe and is redolent of strawberries and raspberries, with a lovely smooth texture and an off-dry finish.