Fresh laundry, apple-crisp nose with a body that’s somehow almost effervescent while still remaining creamy. Citrus, white peach, and lively tart berry flavors with a whiff of cotton candy. Haven’t had a California white this solid in a while. — 20 days ago
This is a very enjoyable wine from Lodi California. Big and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Showing black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices and peppercorn.
Nice and easy drinking with or without food. Might be too sweet for some.
I paired it with a cheese board and light appetizers.
15% alcohol by volume.
89 points. — 7 days ago
Appellation Touraine Protégé
La Bruyère - Récolte 2016
The vineyards of AOC Touraine-Chenonceaux, which include 27 municipalities, extend over a reduced area on both banks of the Cher River and are an integral part of the Loire Valley, one of the 7 European vineyards listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also one of the Loire's most recently established appellations in the large AOC Touraine family.
Established in 2016, the AOC Touraine-Chenonceaux is named after the famous Château de Chenonceau spanning the Cher RIver. Domaine La Bruyère's 20 hectares are located on the secondary valleys of Loir-et-Cher; an array of hillside plots grounded on clay-limestone-siliceous soils mixed with a layer of flint (known as Perruches), which take advantage of the micro-climate of the Cher Valley by showing good complexity and stylistically sitting between Sancerre and Brouilly.
Pierre Chainier source classic Loire varietal wines, as well as owning some excellent properties throughout the region. For both elements of their wine business, they look to principles of agriculture raisonné alongside the most modern wine-making techniques. Within Touraine, they have significant vineyard holdings and 7 domaines, including Domaine de La Bruyère in this newly established appellation of Touraine-Chenonceaux. Conversely, Clos de Nouys, their 25 acre estate, is one of the oldest in the AOC Vouvray. Here vines average 35 years of age and Clos de Nouys' parcels of vines were already listed among the best sites on geological maps dating from 1907.
Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes (they also grow Sauvignon Rose), their Touraine-Chenonceaux Blanc is the result of a rigorous selection process, both of parcels at harvest and of particular cuvées. Vines are cultivated following the principles of sustainable agriculture. The final wine rests on lees for six months before bottling. With its clear robe of golden hues, fresh and round on the palate, this white wine reveals aromas of citrus with notes of white, buttery flowers. An intense citrus nose: candied lemon and orange, developing into apricot and lime, about to turn into brioches. Beautifully fresh and vibrant, once chilled, it will perfectly partner with white meat dishes, fish and seafood (including Sushi) or goat cheese. Or depart from traditional Sauvignon pairings and try with exotic and intense flavors, such as Tagines or Indian Curries. — 2 months ago
Loved it! Even in 2019. Very balanced and smooth. Great with warm goat cheese salad or autumn soup. — 10 days ago
Menthol, blackcherry and a touch of VA. Rich, mouthcoating cherry and strawberry fruit, boardering on overripe. Ripe in style, with a touch more modern feel. Tannins are there, but softened for Nebbiolo, possibly speaking to the vintage. Paired well goat cheese on maragrehita pizza. Solid QPR! — 5 days ago
A medium bodied Pinot with great taste! Easy smooth drink, went well with cheese and crackers — 7 days ago
Burgundy silk, great with sardines and creamy french cheese — 7 days ago
Great strawberries and cherry. I’m generally not a gamay fan but this was solid. It goes great with a lite salad with fruit and a balsamic dressing. And goat cheese. Let it warm up — a day ago
Yellow straw coloration. On the nose, Apple, citrus and florals. Smooth and rich. Citrus and honey. Paired with goat cheese. — 24 days ago