2007 Damien Laureau "Le Bel Ouvrage" Savennières (Previously $45)

SKU #1106763 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright gold. Wild, highly aromatic scents of singed orange, pear skin, magnolia, lemongrass, honey and vanilla bean. Broad, deeply concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors are braced by dusty minerality, with the exotic vanilla note joined by touches of mace and candied ginger. The floral element comes back on the finish, which is impressively pure, penetrating and persistent. Lots going on now but this will be even better with a few years of bottle age.  (6/ 2010)

Wine Spectator

 A broad, buttery style, with ginger, McIntosh apple and heather honey notes that are slightly waxy in feel, but still stay focused through the medium-weight finish. This is very tasty and flattering, but I always prefer the zip of the Les Genêts. Drink now. 100 cases imported. (Web-2010)

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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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.
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