2010 Pascal Laffourcade Savennières (Previously $25.00)
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)
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.