Great $15 bottle — 3 months ago
Balsamic vinegar appearance shows its 9 years of ageing. Pretty nez de Provence which also shows a wide array of tertiary aromas.
On the palate juicy stewed southern fruits such as ripe cherry, plums, figs and dates. Black tea, smoke, a heat mineral touch and of course a gariqueesk finish which is pretty long. ‘14 even brought 15% which is hardly noticeable. Love this wine and its a textbook example of what quality G can bring after 9 years. — 6 months ago
Crisp nice profile! — 3 months ago
Very nice balanced wine. So tasty. — 5 months ago
We’re loving this deliciously approachable expression of Chenin Blanc from Savennières (located in Anjou, Loire Valley) produced by Damien Laureau!
It spent 12 months in French oak followed by another 4-6 months in tank before release, lending richness and softening edges.
Now for the tasting note (practice, practice)…
👁️ This wine is deep lemon 🍋
👃🏻 On the nose is a medium(+) intensity of aromas, including, ripe yellow apple, pear, fresh quince, lemon peel, orange pith, white peach, melon, white blossom, chamomile, chervil, wet stones, salinity, and cream.
👄 On the palate, this wine is dry, with medium(+) acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, and medium(+) intensity of flavors, including, ripe yellow apple, green pear, fresh quince, lemon peel, orange pith, white peach, melon, white blossom, chamomile, chervil, wet stones, and cream. The finish is medium(+).
This is a very good wine. Its crisp, medium(+) acidity balances, and adds lift to, the ripe fruit (apple, pear, quince, melon) aromas and flavors, which leap from the glass with medium(+) intensity, good concentration, and definition. The aromas and flavors cross clusters from orchard, to stone, to tropical fruit layered with dimensions of floral and non-fruit notes, lending complexity. The mouthfeel has weight and texture. With a longer finish, this wine would be outstanding.
This wine has potential for further aging. Despite 7 years aging already, it remains fresh and primary-driven with room to develop further. The medium(+) acidity and medium(+) intensity of aromas and flavors give it runway to evolve gaining complexity with tertiary notes such as honey, beeswax, and dried fruit characteristics that will enhance its appeal.
And P.S. it was stellar with the crab cakes 🦀 😆 Cheers!! 🥂🥂
Damien Laureau, Savennières “Les Genêts” (2016). 100% Chenin Blanc. 13% ABV. — 6 months ago
This was served during my annual WWC hosting. Typical format of sparkler, three whites, four reds, one dessert, all served blind.
My last of a three-pack. One sadly fell (literally) victim to the pavement. Silver lining is that while I think this can hold in this window for a bit, this wine doesn’t seem to show that it will get better.
Decanted an hour. 80 Grenache/ 15 Mourvèdre/ 5 Syrah & cinsault. To me, this is the Paso style yet in France. It’s big yet has balance…rich and toasty. Loads of garrigue, dark potpurri, and peppered black cherries aromatically. The red fruit streaks through the palate surrounded by bitter dark chocolate, hint of charcoal and mineral. Tasty. — 4 months ago
Recommended by DP 14.99 when bought. Nice. Complex red blend a bit dry, a bit tannic, deep inky purple red color. Great with the first steak of the summer cook out season. — 6 months ago