Dominique Du Closel

Dominique Lafon

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018

Light, bright, stony lemon — 8 days ago

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Dominique Portet

Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Quite light body. Chocolate and eculytus. — a month ago

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Dominique Laurent

Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2002

Nice bright reddish tawny, translucent. Exotic nose from the get go. Notes of strawberry and raspberry, rhubarb, Asian spice, some wood and some dark earth. Great texture and mouth feel. Builds with a few hours of air. In a great place but still young with more upside and can likely get more complex. — 2 months ago

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Catherine & Dominique Derain

Allez-Goutons Pinot Noir

Huh, who knew? It reminds me of the light cherry effervescence of McHenry, but a bit watered down and soda pop. Like pleasant drunky black cherry soda. — 20 days ago

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Catherine & Dominique Derain

En Vesvau Saint-Aubin Chardonnay 2015

2020 fall. Nice balance of mineral and fruit — a month ago

Domaine du Closel-Château des Vaults

Clos du Papillon Savennières Chenin Blanc 2010

2010 Chenin Blanc from Savennières, Anjou-Saumur, Loire Valley, France.

This wine is deep gold. On the nose it has a medium(+) intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include primary notes of bruised apple, stewed and spiced pear, ripe apricot, golden raisin, and honeysuckle. Also tertiary notes of honey, marzipan, and walnut. On the palate, this is a dry wine. It has medium acidity, a full body, high alcohol, and medium (+) intensity in flavors. Flavors are consistent with the nose. The finish is medium (+). This is a very good wine. It may be consumed now but has potential for further aging.

We so enjoyed this, it really evolved in the glass after letting it breathe and reach closer to room temperature. Love the complexity, texture, and character.

Clos du Papillon, Savennières. Domaine du Closel. Vintage 2010. ABV 14.5%.
— a month ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Vanessa D We haven’t had lots of experience with Savennieres Chenin Blanc but talking about high alcohol we had one the other day that was 15.5 % Alcohol. Perhaps @Peter van den Besselaar can explain if that is the norm?


@Bob McDonald Thank you for your note - we too are not very familiar with the Chenin Blancs of Savennieres, but we so enjoyed it and would love to learn more / taste more / experience more. Would love to hear from @Peter van den Besselaar and others who have more experience with it and any recommendations for classic examples. Cheers !
Peter van den Besselaar

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I checked some Savennieres bottles in the cellar. Alcohol levels were around 13% and less. That’s what I like most. But I tasted wines with higher levels that you could not recognise, because it is integrated beautiful. That is a skill winegrowers need - with global warming.

Dominique Laurent

Cuvée Tradition Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir 2005

Final btl, and unarguably the best. On the nose: soft Gevrey earth, vanilla spice cake, wild strawberry and dried pomegranate molasses. On the palate: pitch perfect acidity, loads of raspberry, dried raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, soft leather, dried herbs, the lightens up. Mature, but still a bit of primary hanging around...tannin completely attenuated on the juicy finish. Fantastic. — a month ago

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