This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten 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 Jason Wilson’s article Loire Chenin Blanc: Underrated No More . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “One of the immutable, unwritten laws of wine writing has been that you must describe Chenin Blanc with one or more of the following terms: underappreciated, underrated or underdog. But the reality is that some of the most exciting white wines in the world are Chenin Blancs from Anjou and Touraine, from famed appellations such as Montlouis, Vouvray and Savennières, as well as a wave of producers in Anjou who’ve chosen to bottle their wines as Vin de France, shunning the traditional appellations.” --Jason Wilson, Loire Chenin Blanc: Underrated No More, July 2020 1. Agnès et René Mosse 2018 Le Rouchefer 2. Bernard Baudry 2018 Chinon Blanc La Croix Boissée 3. Domaine Champalou NV Brut Vouvray 4. Domaine de Bellivière 2017 Jasnières Les Rosiers 5. Domaine du Closel 2016 Savennières La Jalousie 6. Domaine Huet 2009 Vouvray Moelleux Le Mont 7. Domaine Les Grandes Vignes 2017 Anjou La Varenne du Poirier 8. François Chidaine 2017 Montlouis Le Bournais Franc de Pied 9. La Grange Tiphaine 2018 Montlouis Nouveau Nez 10. Thibaud Boudignon 2018 Anjou Blanc Thibaud Boudignon

Agnès et René Mosse

Le Rouchefer Chenin Blanc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

The delicate nose is full of cut pear blossom, cut flower stem and a hint of forest floor. In the mouth, it’s luscious, offering beeswax, orange marmalade and peach jam, plus fresh acidity and a saltiness on the finish that balances everything. Lovely and complex. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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Domaine de Bellivière (Eric Nicolas)

Les Rosiers Jasnières Chenin Blanc 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Deep yellow. Nose has straightforward aromas of honey and orchard fruit. But this is very precise on the palate, a core of snaking acidity amid the apple and pear notes, and a long finish that’s a balance of fruit and minerality. Blended from 10 to 50 year old vines. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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François Chidaine

Les Bournais Franc de Pied Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2017

Delectable Wine
9.5

Also from the Le Bournais plot, but from 20 specific rows of ungrafted grapes. The volume has been turned up on flavors and aromas here. The fragrant nose reveals notes of grilled herb, beeswax and honey, and smokiness and saltiness carry through the dense palate into a long mineral finish. Fresh, powerful and ageworthy. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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Domaine Bernard Baudry

La Croix Boissée Chinon Blanc Chenin Blanc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

A surprising Chenin Blanc from Chinon’s tuffeau soils, the result of long, long fermentation (12 months) in 500-liter barrel. On the nose, wet earth, citrus blossom and honeysuckle, then full-bodied with lots of peach, clementine and even mango flavors, a salty core, and a dry, stony finish. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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Domaine du Closel-Château des Vaults

La Jalousie Savennières Chenin Blanc 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

Golden. Nose full of beeswax, apricot, and a bit of smoke. On the palate, it’s wildly fresh, racy and complex, with ruby red grapefruit, underripe strawberry, and a linger hint of attractive smoke throughout. Lovely introduction to Savennières. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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Domaine La Grange Tiphaine

Nouveau Nez Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

Pétillant natural made from 100% Chenin Blanc. Thick creamy mousse. Such a sunny, happy nose, notes of morning toast with apricot jam, touch of honey. Bright and lively on the palate, with great dancing acidity throughout, with layers of nuttiness and minerality leading to a lingering, stony finish. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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Champalou

Brut Vouvray Chenin Blanc

Delectable Wine
9.2

A blend of three vintages — 2016, 2015, 2014 — aged two years on the lees, and bottled with low dosage. Pretty, delicate and balanced, featuring notes of citrus blossom, wet earth, clay, flint and lots of lime zest, and delivering precise, crisp, piercing acidity. Classic dry Vouvray sparkling. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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Domaine Huet

Le Mont Moelleux Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2009

Delectable Wine
9.2

A very spice-driven wine. Deep golden. Unique aromas of strawberry, as well as notes of cumin and turmeric ­that carry onto the palate, which is unctuous with lots of honey, apricot. Fascinating. 58 grams per liter residual sugar. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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Domaine les Grandes Vignes (Vaillant)

La Varenne du Poirier Anjou Chenin Blanc 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Pale yellow. Expressive nose is ripe, honeyed, smoked and wooly. In the mouth, it’s fresh and precise, with green apple and pear, underlying saltiness and a crisp, mineral finish. Lovely, elegant Chenin Blanc from schist, aged one year in 400-liter older barrels. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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Thibaud Boudignon

Anjou Chenin Blanc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

Quiet, elegant nose of beeswax, ripe pear and smoke. Rambunctious, lively and textured in the mouth, bursting with grilled lemon and green apple plus notes of salt and smoke, all underpinned by smooth stoniness. A cool, youthful wine that is full of energy. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)
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