Domaine du Closel-Château des Vaults

Clos du Papillon Savennières Chenin Blanc

9.1278 ratings
9.2105 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
Ryan Mullins

Closed for the first 30 mins. Really wants a decant to strut

Closed for the first 30 mins. Really wants a decant to strut

Feb 14th, 2019
Casey Curbow

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

9.4

Screaming at the moment. Richest Savennières I’ve had.

Screaming at the moment. Richest Savennières I’ve had.

Feb 23rd, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

This is a journey in a glass. Pure golden color with great reflection. Massive floral aromatics with honey and apricots, hints of petrol (botrytis perhaps) and ripe mango. Soft, sweet tropical fruit on the entry drying out on the mid palate with a slightly bruised golden apple character, offering a rounded mouthfeel (sur lie aging). Subtle minerality on the finish, brings an herbal tea component in wonderful contrast to the almost pillowy texture on the mid palate. Med + body, high acidity, moderate alcohol, extremely versatile and food friendly. Technical notes notwithstanding, this is a Chenin Blanc of such remarkable complexity, finesse, power and balance; the sheer range and magnitude of flavors and aromas make it very difficult to describe. Pure, classic, regal. Simply lovely.

This is a journey in a glass. Pure golden color with great reflection. Massive floral aromatics with honey and apricots, hints of petrol (botrytis perhaps) and ripe mango. Soft, sweet tropical fruit on the entry drying out on the mid palate with a slightly bruised golden apple character, offering a rounded mouthfeel (sur lie aging). Subtle minerality on the finish, brings an herbal tea component in wonderful contrast to the almost pillowy texture on the mid palate. Med + body, high acidity, moderate alcohol, extremely versatile and food friendly. Technical notes notwithstanding, this is a Chenin Blanc of such remarkable complexity, finesse, power and balance; the sheer range and magnitude of flavors and aromas make it very difficult to describe. Pure, classic, regal. Simply lovely.

Feb 21st, 2018
Beau Carson

Bruised apples, slight bitterness, blue cheese, and an amazing unctuousness to it. This was spectacularly good.

Bruised apples, slight bitterness, blue cheese, and an amazing unctuousness to it. This was spectacularly good.

Jan 11th, 2018
Amy Rehagen

Petrol, bruised apples, orange, fall piles of leaves. Maybe a little past it’s prime, but a good experience.

Petrol, bruised apples, orange, fall piles of leaves. Maybe a little past it’s prime, but a good experience.

Nov 22nd, 2017
Jasmine Hirsch

Sales & Marketing Hirsch Vineyards, founder In Pursuit of Balance

9.0

Go home, or go Savennières.

Go home, or go Savennières.

4 people found it helpfulNov 6th, 2013
Shana Sokol

Fuck me, so delicious.

Fuck me, so delicious.

3 people found it helpfulMay 31st, 2015
Christina Turley

Sales & Marketing Turley Wine Cellars

8.8

Friday night brights.

Friday night brights.

3 people found it helpfulAug 30th, 2014
JohnQ Boxler

Sales Berkeley Wine Company

8.8

Somewhat inscrutable. Fairly fresh on opening. Salted honey, not too wooly. Has moved from fresh to oxidative back to fresh over 3+ hours. Reserving judgement. That said, pretty solid with the asparagus Milanese.

Somewhat inscrutable. Fairly fresh on opening. Salted honey, not too wooly. Has moved from fresh to oxidative back to fresh over 3+ hours. Reserving judgement. That said, pretty solid with the asparagus Milanese.

2 people found it helpfulMay 2nd, 2014
Ryan Mullins

Chug Boyd! Chug!

Chug Boyd! Chug!

1 person found it helpfulNov 10th, 2017