Alongside Riesling (from virtually anywhere), Chenin (from the Loire basin) is my favourite white grape.
The privilege and pleasure of the company of Rahsaan Maxwell and his family was a reason to open two good ones last Saturday.
With turbot in a beurre blanc sauce,
1996 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Savennières-Coulée de Serrant (6/24/2017)
In my limited experience, Coulée de Serrant is an uneven performer but this bottle of 1996 arguably justified the wine's reputation of being the summit of dry white Chenin. Opened five hours in advance and served not very cool, it showed quite deep colour, an expressive nose and medium+ body. The aromas and flavours were complex and seamless and included white and exotic fruit, honey, wax, discreet minerals and, though not bone dry, it was balanced by a long backbone of lively saline acidity. The whole thing exuded class. Excellent.
With assorted cheeses followed by a strawberry based dessert,
2008 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Demi-Sec - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray (6/24/2017)
This accompanied assorted cheeses. IMO it was hardly less delicious than the preceding Coulée de Serrant. Slightly sweeter, rounder and fuller in body with a marked mango component and not quite so seamless given its relative youth, it otherwise showed quite similar flavours and aromas of white fruit, honey, wax, discreet minerals and a long backbone of lively saline acidity. Very good.
PS: This bottle of demi-sec was labelled Perruches for the Belgian market.
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