Really like this Wine, tasted 6 months ago, aging great. Pale lemon with ripe white fruits and wet stone aromas. On the palate ripe apple & peach, very complex, lively acidity. Long finish ending with mineral and sweet honey character. should continue to age, but great now! When I get a bottle I just can’t leave it in the cellar!! — 14 days ago
A lovely rose champagne (same batch as my last 2 btls, and improving with age). Still very primary, with lovely melon and wild strawberry notes, papaya (?) and pink grapefruit. On the palate: excellent acidity and so energetic. Very nice density on the tangy finish. Excellent. — 6 days ago
Ce cabernet franc bio de Mathieu Vallée est comme un beau gros bébé rieur aux joues rondes, dodues et colorées de bonheur. C’est qu’il est d’un naturel si poignant que l’on ne peut qu’être désarmé devant tant de franchise. Un rouge fourni, bien mûr, encore une fois parfaitement maîtrisé, débordant de vie. (10+) — 17 days ago
Been 2 years+ since I’ve had this. Nose is gorgeous now. Nose is honeyed almonds and steel wool. Nuttiness as well. Sense of richness but also super umami notes. Chenin is a major umami grape. Confectionary honeycomb on the nose. So gorgeous and such clarity. Really a knockout nose. Palate is clear, vivid and has terrific, knock you on your ass acids. Tangy and also really leaves an imprint on the palate. Fantastic purity and presence. Really really long. Brown sugar on the nose now. A sick sick wine. Maybe best chenin I’ve had from Michel Chèvre. — 13 hours ago
If you’re looking for a classic, old world expression of wine made from the Chenin Blanc grape (“Pineau de la Loire”), then the Savennières AOC, within the Anjou region of the Loire Valley, France, is a wonderful place to start.
This wine comes from Château d’Épiré, which has been in the Bizard family for centuries. While this wine was fermented in stainless steel, it was aged for approximately 6-9 months sur lie (i.e., on the fully-used yeast cells from fermentation) in chestnut and acacia barrels.
I love how this wine evolves as it washes over my palate, demonstrating complexity and character.
This wine has a medium lemon hue.
It offers medium(+) intensity of bright, youthful aromas. The aromas include primary notes of tart apple, pear, and underripe peach; also chamomile, wet stone, chalk, and blanched almond. It also offers secondary notes of cream and pie crust.
On the palate this wine is dry. It has high acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, and medium intensity in flavors mostly consistent with the nose, but it evolves into more of a bruised apple and nutty quality. The finish is medium.
This particular “Cuvée Spéciale” is made of exclusively Chenin Blanc grapes sourced from the Domaine’s best vineyard, situated above the banks of the Loire River, with great sun exposure and elevation, lending to the balance of acidity and fruit character.
We have paired this wine with a pan-seared halibut, made with a lemon, butter, and caper sauce, and steamed asparagus. It goes very nicely.
Château d’Épiré, Cuvée Spéciale, Savennières. Vintage 2018. ABV 13.5%.
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