Agnès et René Mosse

Arena Savennières Chenin Blanc

9.194 ratings
9.229 pro ratings
Savennières, Anjou-Saumur, Loire Valley, France
Chenin Blanc
Turkey, Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit & Berries, Exotic Spices, Salads & Greens, Pate, Potato, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Fruit Desserts, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pungent Cheese, Squash & Root Vegetables, Goat & Feta Cheese, Cheddar & Gruyere, Sweet Potato, Yuca, Taro, Baking Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Nuts & Seeds, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Shellfish, Sweet Potato
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

My first experience with this producer. I’ve always adored the wines of Joly (same general area) and I totally dig Chenin so figured I would probably dig this too. This was made in an oxidative style and presented off-dry. I also think this saw extended skin contact because it came across almost like an orange wine? Anyway, this was definitely a wine that forced my attention. There was certainly a hefty amount of VA on the nose. The fruit profile would best be described as bruised and nearly fermenting Bosc pear and apricot. On the palate it was stone fruits and nuts. A touch boozy. The finish was long and just a touch sweet but certainly nothing dessert-like. The acid was enamel stripping. Maybe we consumed this too young? Hard to tell, I think it’s a very authentic wine, I’m just not head over heals about it.

My first experience with this producer. I’ve always adored the wines of Joly (same general area) and I totally dig Chenin so figured I would probably dig this too. This was made in an oxidative style and presented off-dry. I also think this saw extended skin contact because it came across almost like an orange wine? Anyway, this was definitely a wine that forced my attention. There was certainly a hefty amount of VA on the nose. The fruit profile would best be described as bruised and nearly fermenting Bosc pear and apricot. On the palate it was stone fruits and nuts. A touch boozy. The finish was long and just a touch sweet but certainly nothing dessert-like. The acid was enamel stripping. Maybe we consumed this too young? Hard to tell, I think it’s a very authentic wine, I’m just not head over heals about it.

May 9th, 2020
Jordan Wardlaw

Medium dark golden color with orangish hues, indicating a bit of oxidation on the nose leading into enormous orchard fruit aromatics. Massive waves of quince, golden apple, honey, wet wool, chamomile, white flowers and a bit of tropical fruit. Botrytis definitely evident. Mid palate is weighty and textured, showing ample lactic acid and roundness but very well supported by natural tannin structure and lovely push-pull of exotic, ripe fruit and savory notes that resonate in the middle well after the finish. I can detect RS but it does not draw attention to itself. Very classic, lush Saviennières profile from a great producer of natural wines.

Medium dark golden color with orangish hues, indicating a bit of oxidation on the nose leading into enormous orchard fruit aromatics. Massive waves of quince, golden apple, honey, wet wool, chamomile, white flowers and a bit of tropical fruit. Botrytis definitely evident. Mid palate is weighty and textured, showing ample lactic acid and roundness but very well supported by natural tannin structure and lovely push-pull of exotic, ripe fruit and savory notes that resonate in the middle well after the finish. I can detect RS but it does not draw attention to itself. Very classic, lush Saviennières profile from a great producer of natural wines.

Jul 9th, 2018
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2015 - high acidity, made from young vines (15 years that is) very gastronomical wine with plenty room for development. #cheninigans #cheninblanc #savennières

Vintage 2015 - high acidity, made from young vines (15 years that is) very gastronomical wine with plenty room for development. #cheninigans #cheninblanc #savennières

Jul 29th, 2017
Mark Lindzy

Ah yes, some delicious sandy-soiled Chenin Blanc for Saturday date-night dinner. My wife's ham loaf calls for fruit and acid, and the Arena delivers in spades! Just a touch of sweetness, a little savory, and I love the texture as well. #cheninagins

Ah yes, some delicious sandy-soiled Chenin Blanc for Saturday date-night dinner. My wife's ham loaf calls for fruit and acid, and the Arena delivers in spades! Just a touch of sweetness, a little savory, and I love the texture as well. #cheninagins

1 person found it helpfulMar 6th, 2016
Jorge Henriquez

Zachys Wine Auctions

9.3

This was awesome in a weird, orange vibe. Some oxidative, waxy, floral notes. Long long finish.

This was awesome in a weird, orange vibe. Some oxidative, waxy, floral notes. Long long finish.

1 person found it helpfulJun 5th, 2015
Beau Carson

This was weird weird weird, but in a good way. Oxidative, nutty, waxy. I thought it was a macerated Friuli Pinot Grigio, but was very much wrong.

This was weird weird weird, but in a good way. Oxidative, nutty, waxy. I thought it was a macerated Friuli Pinot Grigio, but was very much wrong.

May 15th, 2017
BurgundyFan

Chenin at its best, some chemicals, flower, honey without being sweet, delicious

Chenin at its best, some chemicals, flower, honey without being sweet, delicious

Oct 6th, 2015
Maura Passanisi

Could drink this all day long. Amazingly approachable and complex Chenin.

Could drink this all day long. Amazingly approachable and complex Chenin.

Sep 15th, 2015
Erich Broksas

Early Mountain Vineyards

9.3

More RS than I imagined but delicious.

More RS than I imagined but delicious.

Aug 17th, 2015
Jaime Godinez

Winemaker, Godinez Wines

8.9

White wine, so good Chenin blanc

White wine, so good Chenin blanc

Apr 18th, 2015