2008 Fouet "Julien Fouet" Saumur Blanc (Previously $13)

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Walking through Saumur with Julien Fouet you may get the impression you are with a celebrity. From every corner of the street a hand goes up, a whistle is heard, or someone stops him to shake hands and have a quick chat. He is well known at every restaurant in town, not to mention all the best locations for a pint. So infectious is his enthusiasm that it seems to involuntarily draw people near. Domaine Fouet is a classic father and son operation with dad tending the organically farmed vineyards and son, Julien, making the wine. This wine is 100% chenin blanc and it goes to show that, along with riesling, chenin blanc can put more flavor and complexity into your glass than you thought possible for such little money. According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Fouet 2008 Saumur is intriguingly scented with suggestions of almost over-ripe peach, quince, and Persian melon, mingled with musk oil, fading narcissus, and a hint of white truffle. On the palate, it offers an interesting juxtaposition of tart lime, salt, and hints of apple pip with the underlying sense of faintly botrytis-tinged ripeness adumbrated in the nose. The finish here is tart, saline, subtly bitter, and preserves the wine’s overall sense of intrigue..." (08/10)

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.