A delicious Chenin Blanc from Domaine Richou in Anjou
Les Rogeries 2009 – delicious Chenin Blanc from Domaine Richou in Anjou.
Botrytis – is it noble or not?
Chenin Blanc is a grape variety that doesn’t ripen in a homogenous manner – all stages of maturation can be seen on one bunch with under ripe, perfectly ripe, super ripe, and botrytis affected grapes all jostling for position.
Savennières Roche-aux-Moines Clos de la Bergerie 2008
It’s been a while since we had a bottle from Nicolas Joly’s estate in Savennières. I’m a big fan of the 2008 vintage generally for Chenin as it has a wonderful floral note on the nose that is generally easy to spot. We always drink Savennières straight off the rack and avoid putting it in the fridge as this dumbs the wine down with the result that you miss out on all the complexity of aromas and flavours.
Loire Wine Discovery Tour in the Coteaux du Layon
The Coteaux du Layon is perhaps most famous for its wonderful sweet wines but producers in Anjou have a wide palate to play with so tend to make many other styles of wine too including sparkling, dry white, rosé and red. The landscape is quite different to elsewhere in the Loire valley and is well worth a visit on foot, by car or cycling through the vineyards.
A glass of Chenin Blanc in the sunshine
At last summer seems to be making an entrance and last night we were lucky enough to spend a lovely evening with friends who live right in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon. Sitting outside in their garden overlooking the vineyards was the perfect time to share a chilled glass of Chenin Blanc.