About the maker
Humility, seriousness and patience are the virtues of Sylvain who is making absolutely delicious wines in Anjou.
Sylvain once worked at a number of different wineries, most recently, with Olivier Cousin. With Cousin he learned a great amount on soil and plant health and how to maximise fruit quality. Today he farms a couple of small parcels very close to the southern bank of the Loire River and about half an hour east of Angers. He is producing wine from Chenin Blanc, Grolleau and Pineau d'Aunis. The Chenin Blanc is grown on classic, black Anjou schist while the Pineau d'Aunis is grown on fine, remarkably sandy soil. His winemaking is very simply done in a cold, rented winery near his home. The whites are bottled roughly a year post harvest and the reds a little earlier. His whites are intensely mineral and fresh and the reds are aromatic and wonderfully digestible. Notes by Campbell Burton.See the Sylvain Martinez collection here