Our congratulations Claude Papin who, in his role as president of the Syndicat Quarts de Chaume, has led the campaign for Quarts de Chaume to be named a Grand Cru appellation. It appears this long campaign (stretching many years) is finally set to reach fruition with the INAO voting unanimously to approve Quarts de Chaume as the first Grand Cru in Loire. Coteaux du Layon Premier Cru Chaume was also voted in favour of.

This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the sheer quality of the wines of Quarts de Chaume and Coteaux du Layon. To see why this is so deserved do check out the ’09 Pierre Bise Quarts de Chaume & Coteaux du Layon – Beaulieu Les Rouannières, both wonderful examples of their sites.