"Reminiscent of a super-ripe German TBA whose acid was surgically removed (deacidified), the herbal tea and brown sugar-scented 1996 Coteaux du Layon-St. Lambert SGN Clos des Bonnes Blanches is even richer, thicker and more viscous than the Beaulieu Clos des Ortinieres. Highly extracted tangy currant fruit can be glimpsed in its hyper-concentrated and full-bodied core of oily sweetness. When asked how much acidity this wine possesses, Jo Pithon smiled, shrugged his shoulders and said "less than the "Bonnes Blanches."" (WA)
Established in 1978, Domaine Jo Pithon fashions handcrafted wines from the Chenin Blanc grape, producing wines of balance, intensity, finesse and freshness. Demonstrating the versatility of Chenin Blanc, dry white wines are produced in Anjou and Savennières, with sweet and botrytized wines being made in Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. Located on the border of the massif armoricain (Brittany), over a schist precambrian base and featuring a W.E fault from volcano origin, Domaine Jo Pithon encounters a wide variety of bedrocks : carboniferous, sandstone, poudingue (a sedimentary rock conglomerate), pierres carrées, spilites (crack-filed basalt), and silts. The presence of these soils allow the domaine to make wine that reflect the unique character of the microclimates and soils. The twelve hectares domain is situated in the Loire Valley, 25km south of Angers. Using the Chenin Blanc grape variety planted on a variety of soil-types, Jo Pithon produces a wide range of dry, sweet and liquoreux wines. All wines are matured in oak barrels for 12-18 months.