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Chenin Blanc, The Unsung Great White Grape

What's not to like about Chenin? Nothing according to last week's tasters. There was a wine to appeal to a variety of palates.
July 19, 2017

A number liked the dry mellowed delicate flint of the South African 2013 Raats Chenin Blanc Old Vines,  and were pleasantly surprised at its quality and finesse.

The  2015 Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette Vouvray showed fresh and fruity right off the bat. People liked it for its  price and fresh quaffability.

The 2015 Jaulin-Plaisantin Montlouis and  2014 Ch. de Brézé Saumur Blanc were both tightly acid and closed at the start of the tasting, but opened into complex wines by the end. Both are more serious wines than their prices, and will age well for at least five years. late tasters particularly liked the Ch Brézé.

The two favorite wines were the last. The 2015 Francois Pinon Vouvray Cuvee Les Trois Argiles and the 2015 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Clos de Rougemont were both approachable at the beginning and end of the tasting, with a slight difference in  style,the Pinon a shade lighter and prettier, the Rougemont, deeper and flintier.



2013 Raats Chenin Blanc Old Vines; Aroma: Lightly floral very clean, peach; Mouth: Nice clean acid, Flinty and fleshy, thick not heavy, firm acid; Very Good - Excellent26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94

2015 Jaulin-Plaisantin Montlouis La Closerie Organic; Mouth: lightish, rounded good acidity, clean, nicely balanced acid drive, dry, finishes with vigorous very long acidity; Very Good Plus 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

2014 Ch. de Brézé Saumur Blanc 'Clos David' Organic; Aroma: Clean fresh mineral; Mouth: Clean tight not tart acid, finely tight mineral, very long finish., nicely concentrated and fleshy; Very Good - Excellent 32; Mixed Case, 28.8; Case, 27.2

2015 Domaine Pichot Vouvray Le Peu de la Moriette; Aroma: Fresh clean pretty fine acid; Mouth: Juicy nicely fresh pretty forward, very nice character especially for the money; Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2015 Francois Pinon Vouvray Cuvee Les Trois Argiles; Aroma: Firm, clean dry, herbal,; Mouth: Juicy fresh clean, direct fruity, firm and well structured; Very Good Plus 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24

2015 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Clos de RougemontOrganic, Biodynamic; Color: light greenish hue; Aroma: light clean firm, rather fresh, lightly herbal strong minerality closed; Mouth: rich rather sweet dense, fleshy some fat, great minerality; Very Good - Excellent 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24

7-19 Chenin Blanc Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $268

Instore only 7-19 Chenin Blanc Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $142


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