I have always enjoyed wine from the Vouvray appellation where they make great Chenin Blanc, the majority of which is sparkling. This one happens to have a bit of bottle age and is a stunning deep gold color. 12.5% ABV shows off barely a leg in the glass but the color is exquisite. The nose has pronounced aromas of pineapple, pear, green apple, acacia and quince. I’m also getting a touch of honeysuckle. The palate is off-dry and full bodied. Wow, the fruit just coats my mouth. The acidity is medium (+) and the flavors are persistent- really ripe pineapple, green apple, fresh grated ginger, quince and floral notes of acacia and honeysuckle. The back end is stunning- ripe fruit, great acidity and tremendous balance that goes on for a while. This is a blockbuster of a white wine that will pair well with hearty fowl, Asian dishes, cheese boards and full throttle fish like Mackerel. 93 points from me make this $24 wine a no-brainer 5 point wine that will drink nicely till 2026. Salut….
Bright yellow in the glass. Nose of floral and tropical fruits with some elderflower. It almost smells sweet….
On the palate it is dry, crisp and full flavored. Stone fruit, flower blossoms and pineapple. There’s a green almond hint on the mid palate and medium acidity on the jaw. I picked this wine to pair with Sous Vide chicken confit- the crispy skin is going to go beautifully with this rich, full bodied Chenin Blanc that gets 89 points and for $ 20- 4 stars. Drink till 2024. Salut….