Mai & Kenji have made a name for themselves for producing rare and expressive wines from 4 hectares of vines they took on in Anjou after a journey that started at a Japanese winery Kenji was interning at, via Vancouver (Kenji's home and where he and Mai met) then to the Loire where they impulsively bought land and set about establishing themselves. Over a relatively short period of time they have begun to produce distinctive wines of great quality, although they themselves admit they are still learning to understand the potential of the land they work on.
Les Aussigouins is their top cuvée, 100% Chenin over schist soils from a prized site in Montbenault, part of the Coteaux du Layon Faye d'Anjou appellation (although this wine goes under Vin de France). The vines are up to 40 years old, the yields low. This wine will reward the patient - will lay down beautifully. Limited quantities!
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This is among my favourite wines from Wayward. Absolutely stunning!