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The wines of Domaine Mosse, Anjou , Loire

Domaine Mosse, 4 rue de la Chauvière, 49750 Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay, France
Tel : +33 (0)2 41 66 52 88
Website: www.domaine-mosse.com E-mail: domaine-mosse@wanadoo.fr

Agnes and René Mosse specialize in vins naturels (natural wines) made from vineyards surrounding the village of Saint-Lambert
-du-Lattay, just south of Angers in the Loire Valley. They farm their vineyards—3 hectares of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, 7 hectares of Chenin Blanc and a little bit of Gamay, Chardonnay, Grolleau Gris and Grolleau Rouge
—using biodynamics, which they’ve been practising since 2001.

In winemaking they eschew cultured yeasts, chaptalization, enzymes and modern winemaking trickery, adding just a tiny bit of sulfur dioxide at bottling. It's not totally clear from their website whether they add sulfur at any other stage in the winemaking process.

The wines are very impressive indeed, with real personality and character. They're available from Les Caves de Pyrene in the UK and have importers in Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Japan and Canada.  

The tasting notes below are from two separate tastings - one in April 2010, and below this, in May 2006.

Domaine Mosse Anjou Blanc Selection Massale 2008
Nutty, mineral, appley nose shows purity and steel. The palate is explosively lively with high acidity, real concentration and depth, and powerful citrussy flavours. Dry, intense, complex and lively with some subtle nuttiness, and notes of apples and herbs. 93/100 04/10

Domaine Mosse Anjou Blanc Initials BB 2008
Older vines, multiple tries through the vineyard. Tufa and decomposed schist soils. Complex, lively, intense, nutty nose with notes of cheese and straw. Very pure. The palate is lively, nutty and citrussy with high acid. Thrilling and complex with real depth and linearity, and flavours of minerals, apples and herbs. 95/100 04/10 

Domaine Mosse Anjou Les Bonnes Blanches 2004
Chenin Blanc.
Quite a deep, minerally nose with herb and straw notes. The palate is fresh and quite crisp but still with a good depth of herby fruit. Lovely stuff. Very good/excellent 92/100 05/06

Domaine Mosse Anjou Le Rouchefer 2004
Another Chenin. Quite a deep colour. Really interesting nose: fruity with herby straw notes that are so typical of dry Loire Chenin. The palate is quite broad with a rich, smooth texture and some herby complexity. Good acidity. Very good/excellent 91/100 05/06

Domaine Mosse Anjou Marie Besnard 2004
This is an old vine (65 year old) cuvée of Chenin from a selection massale vineyard. It is fresh, fruity and lemony with some herby depth on the nose. The palate is quite concentrated and full with some fruit sweetness and nice acidity. Delicious stuff. Very good/excellent 92/100 05/06

Domaine Mosse Anjou Rouge 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Deep coloured. Lovely full bright fruit with a chalky minerally edge on the nose. The palate is full, concentrated and fruity with mouthfilling intensity, nice freshness and crisp, crunchy tannic structure. Lovely. Very good/excellent 92/100 05/06

Domaine Mosse Achillée mon Rosé 2005
A blend of Grolleau Gris, Grolleau Noir and Gamay, made in a sweet style with 42 g/litre residual sugar. Sweet, plump and spicy with lovely delicate strawberry fruit. Quite flowery and soft with a real richness. Interesting stuff. 05/06 

see also: wines from the Loire

Wines tasted as indicated
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