2010 Pascal Laffourcade Savennières (Previously $25.00)

SKU #1140095 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An outstanding example of a 100% Chenin Blanc from the small yet compact appellation of Savennieres, these wines can age well, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. Medium-bodied with a wonderful flowery, melony character as well as hints of honeysuckle and beeswax, this fragrant 2010 Savennieres possesses crisp acidity, penetrating flavors, and a dry, heady, mineral-laced finish. Drink this dry Chenin Blanc over the next 3-4 years. (RP)  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Viticulture and winemaking are done in a classical style at Domaine Laffourcade. The Chenin Blancs of Savennières are exclusively made in a dry style, and this example is a reliable winner for its expression and value. Vines averaging 20 years old are planted in sandy schist soils where they are harvested manually to modest yields. The juice is slowly fermented to preserve fresh aromatics and the wine is aged in-tank on the lees before bottling.

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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2014 | Send Email
I cannot believe a wine this complex can be had for just $20! I guess it serves us fans of Chenin well that the AOC of Savennieres still flies under the general public's radar. A touch nutty, with bruised apple, lanolin, quince, honeycomb and mushroom on the nose. Softly fruity, almondy and savory on the palate, this finishes dry. Serve this with something fatty. Or with a cheese plate.

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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.


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- 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.