2006 Jo Pithon "La Croix Picot" Savennieres (Previously $34)

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90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright gold. Ripe peach and pear skin aromas are complemented by wet hay, honeycomb and candle wax. Textbook chenin blanc, offering fleshy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a gently smoky, waxy character. A bitter lemon pith note adds cut to the long, chewy finish. I'm sure that this will go for another decade but there's plenty of complexity here already. Try this wine with a rich, buttery, traditional French fish dish." (May/June 2010) According to the Wine Spectator: "Bright and very mineral-driven, with honeysuckle, chamomile and Jonagold apple notes rippling through the finish. Should age nicely in the short term." (Web 2009)

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
I had forgotten how much I love Savennieres, put one whiff of Jo Pithon's "La Croix Picot" and I was quickly reminded. My notes read: Holy wow! There are scents of sweet fennel, vanilla, hot Sierra Nevada-like granite, clove and pithy orange that all carry over to the palate. What a pristine mountain stream tastes like in my dreams.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/18/2011  | Send Email
For those of you who remember the Jo Pithon Anjou from late last year you might remember what a stunning value for dry Chenin Blanc that wine was. This is even better. For those of you who don't - a little back story. Jo Pithon, the vigneron, was forced out of his property by some unscrupulous double dealings with his business partners and one of the last wines that he produced was the 2006 "La Croix Picot" Savennieres. A truly high note to finish his run on. Savennieres is traditionally the longest lived expression of dry Chenin Blanc in the Loire. The "La Croix Picot" has been cellared in a temperture controlled warehouse and is drinking at its peak. Full of honeycomb, spice and apple skin notes. It has a medium to full bodied texture with vibrant underlying acidity. This gem should continue to drink well for several more years. NOTE: If you are concerned about Jo’s well-being, not to worry. He has formed a partnership with his son-in-law under the Pithon-Paille label and continues to make great wines.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/4/2011  | Send Email
If you missed out on the chance to try Jo Pithon's Anjou about 6 months ago then jump on this wine before it is gone. If you don't know the story Jo Pithon established this domaine in 1978 but due to debts the domaine was purchased in 2005 by Philippe Fournier. Jo Pithon was kept on but he resigned in 2008 starting Pithon-Paille. The Jo Pithon holdings are now under the Domaine FL label. This wine is brighter than the Anjou with honeysuckle and lanolin on the nose. On the palate comes apple along with the honeysuckle. Citrus peel comes through on the finish which keeps going and going. The acidity is still evident so this will still be great with dinner but evovled enough to enjoy on its own.

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Varietal:

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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France

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Loire

- 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.