Autour de l’Anne


Anne Paillet was leading the corporate life with a big job in a resource company in the Parisian financial district of la Défense.  But a brooding need for something more from life, combined with professional exhaustion and a scary car accident, set her on an entirely new course.

A longtime wine enthusiast, she followed her dream and decided to go in with friend Christophe Beau who wanted someone to take over his Languedoc vineyard as he looked to new horizons in South America.  But Beau’s plan changed and Paillet’s own life took another twist when she met the love of her life, Loire Valley vigneron Gregory Leclerc.  Determined to make her own distinct wines and not simply be the helping hand in her new husband’s operation, she and Beau entered a partnership: Beau tends the vines and Paillet makes the wines.  The grapes ripen in the hot Languedoc sun all summer long.  At harvest time, Paillet handles the fermentation process on site, following which she brings them home to the Touraine region for aging.  The results are extraordinary - the full, succulent fruit of the southern Languedoc aged in the cool and humid climate of the Loire produces complex and delectable wines that Anne affectionally refers to as “Loiredoc.” 

When we asked her whether she intended from the start to produce her wines naturally, she replied simply that it would have been impossible for her to do it any other way.  The grapes are grown organically, hand harvested, and fermented without sulphites or any other additives.  To try them is to savour the uniqueness both of their blended terroir and of the personality of the free-spirited and intrepid vigneronne who makes them.


The Story

The Vintages

Les États d’Anne - red, 2016

In French, états d’âme refers to troubled feelings, echoing the many difficult decisi Anne had to make as she began her winemaking adventure.  Here, she bares her soul in this half and half blend of Cinsault and Grenache, two varietals that thrive in the Languedoc heat.  But you’ll feel no remorse as you tuck into a glass of this light, fruit-froward nectar with dreamy floral hints of lilac and violet. Ideal as an apéritif, with charcuterie and lighter fare, or even with soulful introspection.

C.S.G. - red, 2015

Cinsault. Syrah. Grenache.  The three are fermented separately (part whole cluster, part destemmed) and combine to create a smooth, structured, but supple red that just calls out for a slow cooked and hearty stew.  Unsure what she'd call this one, Anne simply labelled the tank with the initials of the varietals, which coincidentally were also those of a heavily debated new tax at the time. Since those letters were in the air, the name stuck.  We have our own issues to worry about on that that front though, so we prefer just to enjoy this wine and think of all the goodness it brings to the world!    

Wonder Womanne - sparkling rosé, 2016

Willful demigoddess, undauntedly determined to save the world, graced with a powerful elegance… we’re not just talking about the superheroine here!  Anne Paillet’s pet-nat made from the same grapes as the C.S.G. will blow you away with its coral pink colour, it’s lively fizz, and its aromatic freshness.  Quantities are very limited, so while fans of Diana Prince will be thrilled, everyone will have to move at lightning speed to get their hands on a bottle! 

Pot d’Anne - red, 2016

Vitamin C - for Cinsault.  Honestly, do we have enough Cinsault in our lives?!  Probably not, so turn to Anne’s refined expression of this unique varietal for your regular fix.  Its light, barely opaque colour and pleasantly herbaceous aromas give way to flavours that evoke delicate wild blackberries, rounded out by soft and seductive tannins.  Ideal with veal blanquette or fresh goat cheese.          

Anne, a wine again - red, 2016

An elegant, beautifully structured Syrah, refined but also a bit sassy!  Take in the warm caramel and spicy fruitcake on the nose, and be seduced by the supple feel on the pallet, where black cherries and botanicals complement its dry minerality.  This one’s for the classy feast... where you still want to have fun!