Loire Valley Chenin Blanc

Nicolas Joly

Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières Chenin Blanc 2012

Chenin ❤️‘ s botrytis

Unlike anything I’ve had nor was it what I was expecting. After the first sip (or the first pour), I had to set aside all previous experiences with Savienniéres. I mean—just look at that color.

Do not mistake the browning for oxidation (Nicolas Joly makes this distinction clear on the back label and on his website). The wine is developed, and there are oxidative notes, but the fruit flavors are still there, ripe and vibrant.

This is distilled essence of Chenin Blanc right here. Green apple, pear, apricot, beeswax, honey and almond. A dominant honey note but not sweet. White pepper and maybe a hint of ginger. That lanolin note hasn’t completely disappeared, but takes a back seat. Imagine a dry Sauternes…

Nicolas Joly recommends decanting and drinking over several nights. I skipped the first part of that recommendation and am working on the second this week.

Ordinarily, I’m not sure Joly would approve of my choice of “glassware,” but under the circumstances (birthday + oysters + a perfect afternoon watching the ocean mist rolling in over Tomales Bay) I have to imagine he’d be 100% on board.

Not bad for an 882nd consecutive vintage!
— 5 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Happy birthday, a great wine to celebrate.

Domaine Huet

Clos Du Bourg Vouvray Chenin Blanc 1989

Vintage 1989 | 🤩 | Chenin Blanc par excellence with honey, apricot, hints of tobacco, minerality. Awesome balance with vibrant acidity, I think this wine can age ten, twenty years móre effortless. Dreamwine. | with Terrine Foie Gras | at restaurant Cas Pikaar Hilvarenbeek — 15 days ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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@Severn Goodwin @Tom Casagrande @romo @Jan A @Peter Sultan thanks. It was a splendid day with the opportunity to open three birthyear-wines, i enjoyed it thoroughly 😁
Andrew Schirmer

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Great pull. Love these Huet 80s x
Peter Sultan

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Your bday @Peter van den Besselaar? Well then a very happy bday, & well curated wines as always. Plus extra points for having the discipline to not open that Huet till now

Agnès et René Mosse

Arena Savennières Chenin Blanc 2015

Vintage 2015 | The terroir dominates, this wine smells - almost stinks - of flint, soooo much minerality it pushes the character back of the Chenin Blanc. But I do not mind. A little, very little, touch of sweetness on the beginning of the tongue, very vibrant and expressive acids. The more I tasted the more I liked the wine. Paired with Dim Sun and Cantonese style Halibut with sugarsnaps. Lovely! — 10 days ago

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Domaine du Petit Clocher

Anjou Chenin Blanc 2018

Big aromas and flavors of baked apples and pear compote. A touch of sweetness on the entry. Mineral and lemony notes with a hint of nuts on the finish. Creamy and weighty texture. Lots of mouth watering acidity. Rich but just a touch sharp. — 11 days ago

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Ferme de la Sansonnière (Mark Angeli)

La Lune Anjou Chenin Blanc 2011

Robe claire
Nez poire gourmand puis plus minérale à l’air
Bouche précise avec un sucre résiduel encore présent mais absorbé par la matière et l équilibre du fin encore très jeune
— 11 days ago

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Domaine Taillandier

Savennières Chenin Blanc

Vintage 2009 | Expressive smell with small oxy, mass acidity, very strict Chenin Blanc — 4 days ago

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Domaine du Closel-Château des Vaults

Les Caillardieres Savennières Chenin Blanc 2016

Exudes beautiful lime and orchard fruit. This is such a fantastic vintage. Has that magical balance between ripeness, sweetness, and vivacity. Phenomenal. — 5 days ago

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Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Domaine Chinon Chenin Blanc 2018

Quite different that I remembered for this wine - less intense acidity, slightly more tropical almost. Still a nice wine. — 7 days ago

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Michael Greene

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@Pooneet K agree on the tropical notes. Northern Europe roasted in 2018 and had a massive drought…I remember london - usually lush and green - being brown. Cool climate Loire it was not…
Pooneet K

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Very interesting!

Domaine de Vigneau-Chevreau

Vouvray Pétillant Brut Chenin Blanc

NV Fine Chenin Blanc aperitive, perfect with amuses. Minerality. Pleasant. At Pollevie — 8 days ago

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Daniel P. Drake

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Very nice! 👍

Thibaud Boudignon

Savennières Clos De La Hutte Chenin Blanc 2018

Drinkable for sure with lemon lime and honeysuckle. Vibrant acidity. Unfortunately I wish I had this 5yrs from now. — 14 days ago

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