Benoit Courault

Gilbourg Anjou Chenin Blanc

9.157 ratings
9.19 pro ratings
Anjou, Anjou-Saumur, Loire Valley, France
Chenin Blanc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Josh Morgenthau

Buddha’s hand, pear, orange creamsicle and white pepper nose. Interesting fruit notes (pawpaw?) and cilantro on the palate. A bit cidery, a bit thin. Not a rebuy for me, but intriguing.

Buddha’s hand, pear, orange creamsicle and white pepper nose. Interesting fruit notes (pawpaw?) and cilantro on the palate. A bit cidery, a bit thin. Not a rebuy for me, but intriguing.

Oct 25th, 2020
Doug Kahn

Vouvray texture with Anjou acidity. Bomb

Vouvray texture with Anjou acidity. Bomb

Jan 7th, 2018
Marissa A. Ross

Wine Editor, Bon Appétit

9.2

Ahhh like a baked pear Atlantic pie!!!Pears, apples, a bit of pineapple, with bright lemon with the minerality and texture of a seafoam crust. Super sexy, sad I opened it for a piece it didn’t quite work for instead of saving it for a special evening. 😏😉

Ahhh like a baked pear Atlantic pie!!!Pears, apples, a bit of pineapple, with bright lemon with the minerality and texture of a seafoam crust. Super sexy, sad I opened it for a piece it didn’t quite work for instead of saving it for a special evening. 😏😉

1 person found it helpfulMar 3rd, 2018
Ben Walker / Caravin

So far, toasted hazelnuts and honey. "This doesn't taste like bad sherry!" Exclaim 90%of the table.

So far, toasted hazelnuts and honey. "This doesn't taste like bad sherry!" Exclaim 90%of the table.

Mar 2nd, 2015
Joe Weinberger

I thought this was younger—had the wrong vintage listed in CellarTracker. Still tasty but would have been better a couple years ago. Slightly past its prime. From magnum.

I thought this was younger—had the wrong vintage listed in CellarTracker. Still tasty but would have been better a couple years ago. Slightly past its prime. From magnum.

May 3rd, 2024
Joe Weinberger

Not undrinkable, but off. Apple cider vibes.

Not undrinkable, but off. Apple cider vibes.

Oct 3rd, 2023
Ely Cohn

Can’t stop thinking about this golden nectar of Chenin. My favorite grape, from my favorite part of the Garden of France - Loire.This is like a deep conversation that lasts three hours but feels like fifteen minutes. There’s so much going on so take your time between sips. Go slow.Bartlett pears soft like butter. Granny Smith apples, vanilla, popcorn kernels. Round texture with high acid to cut through the fat. Finish of burnt caramel and lemon.As with the complicated ones, let this get to cellar temp to get the full dialogue.

Can’t stop thinking about this golden nectar of Chenin. My favorite grape, from my favorite part of the Garden of France - Loire.This is like a deep conversation that lasts three hours but feels like fifteen minutes. There’s so much going on so take your time between sips. Go slow.Bartlett pears soft like butter. Granny Smith apples, vanilla, popcorn kernels. Round texture with high acid to cut through the fat. Finish of burnt caramel and lemon.As with the complicated ones, let this get to cellar temp to get the full dialogue.

Mar 18th, 2021
Raj Harb

Baked apples and pears. Oxidative. Good

Baked apples and pears. Oxidative. Good

Jun 10th, 2019
Joe Weinberger

Wonderful. Beautiful Chenin. ❤️

Wonderful. Beautiful Chenin. ❤️

Feb 28th, 2019
Kit H
6.0

2016 - every time I pop a chenin, I tell myself, you should have decanted that. But after a couple days corked in the fridge, this is showing all it's glorious colors. Nose of helium balloons, savory herbs, sweet lemon acidity. Everything in balance. The secret is out; Benoit Courault is 🔥.

2016 - every time I pop a chenin, I tell myself, you should have decanted that. But after a couple days corked in the fridge, this is showing all it's glorious colors. Nose of helium balloons, savory herbs, sweet lemon acidity. Everything in balance. The secret is out; Benoit Courault is 🔥.

Mar 6th, 2018