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.
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.
The future is here with this absurdly cheap, delicious and classic Chinon. Two “Bag-in-Box” per unit, containing 5L each.
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.
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.
You will not be disappointed by the latest vintage of this perennial success, with its pale colour, cool Cabernet expression and authentic Loire puckerishness.