Camas Chenin

Anne de Joyeuse Camas Chenin 2021

Price: $19.35
Channel: The Living Vine

Producer: Anne de Joyeuse
Country: France
Region: Languedoc
Appellation: Pays d’Oc IGP

Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Sugar Content: Unknown

Apparently Anne de Joyeuse was a 16th century duke, friend of the French King Henry III, and a big deal… until he was killed by Huguenots at the Battle of Coutras in 1587 at just 27 years old. Wikipedia has no notes about his taste in wine, but while he was chasing protestants around the Languedoc, perhaps he tried some around the town of Limoux where now one finds the co-operative named for him.

One of the great wine stories of the last 20 odd years is the renaissance of European co-operatives, who have hired serious winemakers and focused on delivering high quality at an affordable price. Anne de Joyeuse (the wine producer) is a great example of this, and Camas is their line of single variety wines. Crisp and redolent of citrus and core fruit on the mid palate, the Camas Chenin has enough weight to balance its racy acidity. It’s a quencher of an aperitif, or a refreshing match for grilled seafood or a pasta with garden vegetables.