Chinon Cuvée Prestige “le Villy”, Domaine du Raifault, 1989
Fully mature and still full of life, this parcel shows why Chinon is so special. Dried red fruits, tobacco leaf and mushroom combine with mouthwatering ferrous acidity and lacy tannins to make a wine that’s nearly irresistible.
Domaine Octavie – Touraine Sauvignon, 2017
Full-flavoured and clean Sauvignon Blanc, made natures’ way. The producers strive to keep everything in balance thus limiting the need for artificial controls. The quality rivals most Sancerre but this wine is a fraction of the price-tag.
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971
Deep orange gold. This has an attractive and complex baked apple nose with hints if spice and caramel. The palate is complex, powerful and concentrate and is distinguished by the high level of acidity. Highly textured, with a russet-apple and quince like presence, this is still positively youthful.It has been preserved by the acidity and will continue to hold for years to come. It deserves to be in the cellar of all true Chenin lovers.
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996
Polished, deep yellow-gold. The nose is muted and withdrawn, we suspect this showed some reduction in its youth, but has since emerged. The palate is light on entry but builds well to a relatively powerful finish. There is some complexityhare, with the wine developing some calvados like flavours.
Savennières-Roche aux Moines, Domaine aux Moines 1998
The estate was founded in 1981, though there are records of vineyards planted in the region since the middle ages when the monks (“moines” in French) from the Abbaye de St Nicolas tended vines in the area. It is now run by the energetic mother and daughter team of Monique and Tessa Laroche. The estate comprises 9.6 Ha of Chenin Blanc and .8 Ha Cabernet Franc. The vineyards are all south and southwest facing hillsides and abut the famed Coulee de Serrant in the sub-appellation of “Roche Aux Moines”. Certified organic practice in 2008. The family did 7 triage passes thru the vineyard in 1992 to ensure the highest quality of fruit. The nose is dominated by aromas of pineapple and papaya and the palate is full of exotic spices like saffron and all spice.
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2017
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier owns 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc in the village of Bue, one of the principle hamlets surrounding the old walled town of Sancerre. These soils have a high chalk content and as a result this Sancerre is distinguished by its perfume of citrus and minerals. It has finesse and precision combining typical firm structure with an aromatic, blackcurrant character and an extra richness of gooseberry and lees on a long, zesty finish.
Vouvray, Domaine de Pouvray, 2002
With a white-truffled nose and sublime honeyed fruit, Pouvray’s 2002 is the epitome of great aged Chenin. The sweetness integrates seamlessly into a core of fruit on the palate and the acidity remains refreshing. This has been well worth the 14 year wait.