Noëlla Morantin decided to plunge into a new career at the age of 28. Dropping everything, she enrolled in a viticulture and oenology programme, which soon led to a series of internships with such quality names as Agnès and René Mosse in Anjou. Her growing CV would impress Junko Araï, a Japanese importer who also owned vines in France happened to be looking for someone to care for them. And so it was that in 2004, these two women embarked on an adventure together. Despite limited means, they’d had immediate commercial success in Japan and in France. By 2008, Noëlla spread her wings and soon found herself at the head of a 12-ha estate. Needless to say, Noëlla makes natural wines, and is best known for her Sauvignon of remarkable quality and unparalleled value. But in fact, her entire range offers a maximum of emotions. All of which has made her the darling of many top sommeliers, who today serve her wines in the world’s finest restaurants.
Raw countryside Sauvignon with a smile. Not a Sauvignon Blanc for those looking for a traditional Loire style. The wine has a waxy texture almost what you get from extended skin contact in whites. Rich round, but not flabby. Good acidity that keeps the wine on the fresher side – apples, pears, and little hints of lime.
Pairs well with goat cheese, brie and other creamy delights. Garlic prawns is another favourite, lightly seasoned white fish and rosemary chicken.
Serving tip – Keep chilled while drinking