Jonathan Maunoury is building a reputation for authentic, great value bottles in Saumur’s Le Puy-Notre-Dame.
A chemist-turned-winemaker who has worked alongside some of France’s finest vignerons including Marc Angeli, Pierre Gonon, and Vouette et Sorbée’s Bertrand Gautherot, Jonathan took over 5ha of organic vines southwest of Saumur in 2017, converting the estate to biodynamics on his arrival.
Jonathan farms local varieties Cabernet Franc, Pineau d'Aunis, and Grolleau, as well as Chardonnay – a legacy of local Crémant production in the 1970s. He combines rigorous scientific know-how from his previous career with a low-intervention approach to craft deliciously vibrant wines bottled without fining or filtration.
Undergoing extended ageing in both barrel and bottle for stability – a technique he learnt from Pierre Overnoy – Jonathan’s ‘Alphée’ Chardonnay shows high-toned floral fruit balanced by a luxuriously creamy texture.
‘Popopop!’ is a tangy, lightly sparkling pet nat rosé aged for 14 months on its lees. A pale and elegant rosé, ‘Éphémère’ shows a savoury edge from its brief period of barrel ageing.
With its juicy fruit and silky profile, ‘Mon nom est Rouge’ is a vibrant thirst-quencher, while the weightier ‘Sarrandières’ layers the freshness of Pinot d’Aunis with Cabernet Franc’s savoury and mineral tones. A step-up in its capacity to age, ‘Esprit du Lieu’ bursts with gorgeous, lifted fruit off-set by spicy oak inflections and structured tannins.
Drawing on stellar winemaking experience, Jonathan is among the Loire’s most exciting new artisanal talent. These bottles excel in value and charm.
‘Alphée’ Chardonnay 2019 (£34) Sold out
Textural and round, scented with orchard fruits and white flowers
‘Popopop!’ Pet Nat Rosé 2020 (£25) Sold out
Light-footed and refreshing summer berry fizz
‘Éphémère’ Rosé NV (£24) Sold out
A delicate, savoury rosé with gentle texture and varietal crunch
‘Mon nom est Rouge’ 2020 (£22) Sold out
Juicy, thirst-quenching berry fruit and herbal-edged freshness
‘Sarrandières’ 2020 (£24) Sold out
Ripe and expressive, its wild fruit edged with savoury, mineral tones
‘Esprit du Lieu’ 2018 (£33) Sold out
Spicy black fruit tinged with smoky minerality – serious and ageworthy
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