The first whiff is moderately Bretty, if the clove-and-band-aid kind, not overwhelming but adding complexity; then slight green peppercorn but not particularly vegetal. A cherry and dark berry note next but not until this has been one. For an hour do I get a note of sweet red raspberry and strawberry fruit, almost candied, that really emerges on the palate (very different grape but similar to the “inner mouth sweetness” that people often associate with Giacosa). The palate gains heft with time open but remains middleweight, mouthwatering and nicely balanced. Tannins are unobtrusive and soft, with little bite.
This exceeded my expectations and was quite classy, if not likely to be the most long-lived of Loire reds. For Franc-de-pieds, there still is no comparison to Plouzeau’s, and this is far lighter but definitely a high class wine. — 13 days ago
Grolleau grape. Cranberry fruit flavors. Lightly sweet so it works for dessert. Lots of acidity. Refreshing! Great balance and my choice to accompany a great last course. — 6 days ago
Latest vintage of the best Chenin no one knows about. Super Chenin nose. Honey, vanilla almonds, honeysuckle, so clean, very mineral and so pure. Palate is intense and rich with amazing texture and complexity. So brilliant. Amazing balance and the wine just buzzes in your mouth. Wow. So complex. Insane structure and density. So clean. What a finish. So young. So juicy. — 22 days ago
Ripped my ass open with acidity! But I loved it — a month ago
Took a while to open up. Recommend decanting. Silky texture and aromas of beeswax and honey. Bone dry and lingering acidity. Really developed with air. — 23 days ago
After having the La Montagne from Bonnezeaux a couple of weeks back and the 2 producers being highly recommended I was expecting a similar taste profile. Not so! This was a bit more of the sweet style of chenin, not over the top and with a short finish that keeps if refreshing. I personally like the dry high acidity type of Loire Chenin. — 4 days ago