Anjou : Jo Pithon sells his winery

Lundi 18 juin 2018 par Vitisphere

Jo Pithon with Parisian investor Ivan Massonnat who is taking over the estate
Jo Pithon with Parisian investor Ivan Massonnat who is taking over the estate

He is one of Anjou’s well-known wine figures. One of those who for several decades have campaigned to promote Anjou wines, particularly dry Chenin, and who has been a passionate advocate of organic wine growing. Jo Pithon has decided to step down and has just announced that he is selling his estate to Parisian investor Ivan Massonnat, originally from Savoy and passionate about wine. The two met at the Loire Valley wine show last February in Angers. One was looking to sell his winery and negociant business; the other wanted to realise a dream he had nurtured for several years, that of taking over a wine estate. Another well-known local winegrower, Patrick Baudouin, brought them together.

A new 25-hectare estate

In addition to Jo Pithon's 9 ha, the investor, a partner in a private equity firm, also bought 10 ha from Pascal Laffourcade in the finest Anjou growths of Quarts-de-Chaume grand cru, and Coteaux du Layon 1er cru Chaume. “Via Safer land registry, we have also bought a further 6 ha, taking the total to 25, which seems to me to be a critical size here," said Ivan Massonnat.

Mirroring the work carried out by Jo Pithon for a number of years, the future estate - whose name has not yet been decided - aims to focus on dry-fermented Chenin.

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