Tag Archives: Chenin Blanc

Damien Laureau “Le Bel Ouvrage” Savennières, 2011, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03220Ever had a Chenin Blanc that changed your life? Wanna try one? This is intensely mineral Chenin Blanc from a tiny Loire Valley appellation. Cellar-worthy, with an aging potential of 15-20 years. Extensive lees aging fleshes out the palate, which echoes the bouquet of apple, apricot and floral notes. Grab some fresh salmon, some stinky washed-rind cheese, and get down to the business of rearranging everything you thought you knew about life and the living of it. $52

Château Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray Brut, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03213100% Chenin Blanc vinified dry in the méthode traditionelle, just like it’s done in Champagne. The limestone soils of the estate express themselves in beautiful minerality underlining notes of apricot and peach. The vibrant mousse dances across the palate, making this ideal wine for most cuisines. $18

MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc, 2012, South Africa

5 Nov

DSC03013The most widely-planted wine grape in South Africa, Chenin Blanc was known locally as “Steen” until DNA testing confirmed its Loire Valley parentage. MAN’s shows vibrant aromas of quince and baked apple. On the palate, stone fruit and bold citrus flavors are backed by refreshing acidity and minerality on the finish. Try this great value wine with spicy Asian or Latin flavors. $8

“Comte de Saint Venant” by Château Valmer, 2010, Vouvray

15 Oct

021A fresh, dry Chenin Blanc boasting lime zest, almond and tangy green plum. Balanced and refreshing, the palate offers crisp fruit, stony minerality and a juicy finish that will pull the subtle sweetness out of firm-fleshed white fish like halibut. It’s also a perfect match for spicy cuisines. $15