Marc/Pierre Plouzeau

ORGANIC

Pierre Plouzeau was a visionary man who, in his all-too-short life, created a negociant business like no other while running his own two domaines as well. His sons, François and Marc, are worthy successors, both firmly committed to the rigorous joys of bio-dynamic farming. Marc, who took over the family’s historic Chinon property, Ch. de la Bonnelière, also functions as a négociant, working with a small number of top-quality growers to produce a range of dependable Loire classics.

Wine Label - Marc Plouzeau rose

 

Available Wines

Domaine de la Croix Marie 2015 Chinon Vieilles Vignes

The uncanny resemblance to the long admired Ch. de la Bonnelière is not coincidental. Brilliant old-vines, bigtime Chinon from a landmark vintage. Drink now or keep 20 years.

Marc Plouzeau 2013 Les Devants de la Bonnelière Touraine Sauvignon

As always, the Chinon terroir yields a wine long on minerality that transcends the Sauvignon (whereas Delaunay’s example, for instance, exalts it). Unapologetically dry and serious wine for rock-hounds. Good with oysters.

Marc Plouzeau 2014 Chinon Bag in Box [2/5000]

The future is here with this absurdly cheap, delicious and classic Chinon. Two “Bag-in-Box” per unit, containing 5L each.

Marc Plouzeau 2014 Dom. des Hautes Troglodytes (Saumur Champigny)

This is a high-toned, silky wine that walks a thrilling tightrope between pleasure and seriousness. Exceptional concentration, good grip and a compelling black licorice finish.

Marc Plouzeau 2014 Domaine de la Croix Marie, Chinon “Les Lisons”

The ever-restless Marc bought another estate in 2014 near Ligré. Les Lisons is a 2.5 hectare parcel grown on clay soils, a fact to which this wine’s rugged strength is testimony. The sanguine, iron-rich palate is a distinctive and contrasting expression of Chinon’s possibilities, but Marc’s sure hand eliminates any hint of coarseness. This is a really exceptional wine at a price that is frankly silly for the elevated quality. We see a sunny future for La Croix Marie.

Marc Plouzeau 2015 Les Devants de la Bonneliere Touraine Rosé

You will not be disappointed by the latest vintage of this perennial success, with its pale colour, cool Cabernet expression and authentic Loire puckerishness.

Marc Plouzeau Dom. de la Croix Marie 2016 Chinon Rosé

Those who followed the long-running Devants de la Bonnelière Touraine Rosé will know what a deft hand Marc has with rosé wine. This latest example is a step-up appellation-wise and offers the familiar thrill of Cabernet Franc gone pink. Poised between earth and fruit, it presents a drier, tangier and arguably more food-friendly rendition of the genre than is typical in France.