This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous! Each week we compile a list of wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Rebecca Gibb MW’s article, Chenin Blanc: Wait a Sec . Enjoy an excerpt from this article and reviews below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “No two seasons are alike in the Loire these days. In addition, the reality is that dry wines are far easier to sell today than off-dry and sweet wines. Looking at 2020 and 2021 in the context of current trends, the question remains: while the market clamours for dry Loire Chenin Blanc, is the move towards drier styles in the wines’ best interests?” --Rebecca Gibb MW, Chenin Blanc: Wait a Sec, September 2022 1. 2020 Bernard Fouquet Cuvée de Silex 2. 2006 Domaine des Baumard Clos du Papillon 3. 2018 Domaine du Closel La Jalousie 4. 2020 Domaine Huet Le Mont Demi-Sec 5. 2020 Domaine Huet Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec 6. 2019 Francois Chidaine Bouchet 7. 2020 Francois Chidaine Les Choisilles 8. 2020 Francois Chidaine Clos du Breuil 9. 2020 Thibaud Boudignon Anjou Blanc 10. 2020 Thibaud Boudignon Anjou Blanc à Francois(e)

Thibaud Boudignon

à François(e)... Anjou Chenin Blanc 2020

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2020 Anjou Blanc à Francois(e) has the purity of mountain air. Hailing from a single parcel named Les Gats, it is a mid-weight style that's not about aromatic appeal but texture. From a clay-based vineyard, this is one of the more weighty, rounded styles that Boudignon produces with a structured frame that clamps the mouth and acidity that pierces the wine's core like an arrow. There's no malo at this estate which somewhat explains its character. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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Domaine Huet

Le Mont Demi-Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2020

Delectable Wine
9.5

The bright acidity of Le Mont Demi-Sec really shows itself in 2020, producing a clean, racy style. There's a welcoming aspect to this wine with its 20 grams of residual sugar, but the flint in this vineyard keeps it strict and provides that taut line. It is super smart, balanced and really joyful now and will continue to provide pleasure for decades. Wait. Or don't. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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Bernard Fouquet

Cuvée de Silex Vouvray Chenin 2020

Delectable Wine
8.9

The 2020 Cuvée de Silex reflects the vintage in its generous, round style that's open with fresh grape and pear flavors. The wine has good grip and structure on the finish and a sense of firmness. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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Thibaud Boudignon

Anjou Chenin Blanc 2020

Delectable Wine
9.1

Unlike his Savennières, the fruit for Boudignon's 2020 Anjou Blanc is purchased. The result is a pure, clean wine with delectable purity. There are delicate flavors of just-ripe pineapple, citrus, nettles and a subtle hint of vanilla. It is fermented and aged in both 500-liter barrels and oval Stockinger 'cigars'. A line of acidity pulls this wine through to a refined conclusion. It can be approached now for its fine fruit but will go on. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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Domaine Huet

Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2020

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2020 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is starting to shake off the first days of its infancy but it has a long life ahead. It is akin to a cloud of Chenin, which fills the mouth with pure aromas reminiscent of freshly stewed apples and violets. The texture is finely woven and there’s acid to provide line through its balanced residual sugar. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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Domaine des Baumard

Clos du Papillon Savennières Chenin Blanc 2006

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2006 Clos du Papillon is made in a relaxed and rounded style with a creamy, silken texture with tarte tatin-like flavors of apple, pastry and honey. Initially the wine was like a teenager, but over time, it has taken on additional complexity. It might not be the most powerful of vintages, but it provides a lot of pleasure and increasing nuance. It's drinking well now and offers savory characters, but thanks to its taut line of acidity, it isn't going anywhere. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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François Chidaine

Les Choisilles Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2020

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2020 Les Choisilles offers a floral and pear-like aromatic character. It's round and ripe with good grip on the finish, which could be a result of the vintage having had little juice in it; the wines have excellent structure and fruit purity. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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François Chidaine

Le Bouchet Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2019

Delectable Wine
9.2

Bouchet is a north-facing site, so it ripens more slowly than south-facing equivalents. The 2019 is a demi-sec style, so expect a small burst of sweetness on entry (14g/L). But after the sweet entrance, there comes a salt and pepper character to this wine. In addition, there's a spiciness to the ripe apple fruit, and a touch of pastry character from close to a year on lees. The 2019 has a fine, fresh finish with a sense of grip and chalky texture. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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Domaine du Closel-Château des Vaults

La Jalousie Savennières Chenin Blanc 2018

Delectable Wine
8.8

A friendly, lightly spritzy wine that offers up open fruit and a sense of ease. For those looking for an introduction to the fresh, crisp and steely wines of Savennières, you can't go too wrong here. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
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