Some pretty solid natty Chenin from Marie Thibauld in Touraine Azay le Rideau. First time trying this producer; have heard good things and am definitely not disappointed. Not dissimilar to a vinous equivalent to Basque cider; tangy and apple-y with great acidity. Bright in the glass with a medium (-) intensity straw-gold hue. Medium /medium (+) concentration of aromatics of tart green apple, oxidized apple juice, crushed wet flint, preserved lime, tarragon, hard cheese rind leesiness, lanolin, and some fresh jasmine. A bit of VA but in a small enough amount to be actually kinda enjoyable and provide some complexity and lift rather than come across as a distracting fault (and is probably partially responsible for my Basque cider comparison as well). On the palate, there's more tart green apple, wet flint, wooly lanolin character, and hard cheese rind, plus some underripe peach and citrus blossom.
High acid, dry, medium (-) body with a nice oily leesy texture, and the alcohol is medium and totally in balance. Nice length on the palate.
Pretty enjoyable stuff. Would love this with some fried chicken! — 20 days ago
Is there a better wine for roast chicken than Loire cabernet franc? Rhetorical question, of course. 2011 so tight, even after two hour decant. It slowly unveils its charms, like Jo Fiennes unwinds Gwen Paltrow in the otherwise forgettable "Shakespeare in Love". Unlike that film, this has staying power. Stash away a case, it will develop beautifully over the next three decades. — 9 hours ago
Pale gold on the color. Moderate+ viscosity. Lots of ripe yellow apples, pears, white peaches, orange zest, slight botrytis and honey. Dry, pretty high acidity, almost tart apple and lemon, good minerals. The palate is very different from the nose. Very balanced and moderate+ finish. Absolutely love it! — 7 days ago
Wooow mon meilleur Sauvignon.
Qu'il est étrange ce vin. Tellement différent.
Nez avec des notes de Jura.
Bouche sur une belle acidité et après 1 heure des notes beurrées légères arrivent.
À l'aveugle je partais sur un Chardonnay bizarre du Jura...
En fait, j'aime le Sauvignon quand il me fait penser à autre chose. ah ah ah :)
EDIT : après vérification c'est un assemblage Sauvignon-Chardonnay — 5 days ago
NV Petillant from the late 50s/early 60s, tasted alongside the 1961 Moelleux.
The former was an astonishing wine. A fantastically fine but virulent spritz despite it's almost 60'years under cork (which was protected by the mother of all hard plastic capsules). What a drink! Nose of freshly pressed apples, pear drops and blossoms, honeydew melon, and a great yellow floral note that binds it all together. There is a pleasant minerality to the palate which is ever so slightly off-dry, with almost sharp but perfectly balanced acidity.
I was actually dubious about this bottle partly because it had a lowish level (ca 5cm), but this time around it outshone the (also good) '61 Moelleux. — 18 days ago