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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Superripe grapes are the secret behind this rich wine. Although it is dry, this floral wine offers a touch of honey that balances the crisp apple flavors and opulent texture. Still young, this intense wine deserves to age. Drink from 2020. (RV)" (09/2018) K&L Notes: Established over 50 years ago, the 4th generation of the Denis family now runs this operation. Julien is the winemaker, Stephane in charge of the viticulture and Vincent oversees the administration and sales. Over the last decades the property has grown from 5 ...

2017 Domaine Vincent Carême Vouvray Sec
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94 points Wine & Spirits: "Vincent Carême has assembled a 42-acre domaine in Vouvray, including several parcels of 45-year-old vines. He’s proven himself to be a masterful grower of Chenin, delivering wines like this racy, delicious 2017. This vintage has a textural beauty, combining silk and a more open, oxidative feel of cotton, while the fruit ranges from tart white currants to bruised apple. A spicy fennel-seed complexity makes the wine feel ornate. Compelling to drink now, this is worth following over the next several years." (04/2019) 92 points W...


94 points Wine & Spirits: "Drought conditions followed by a cool harvest season produced a stunning version of Adi Badenhorst’s entry-level Chenin. He took an unusual approach in 2018, harvesting the fruit over the course of 12 days and adding each day’s fruit to the already-fermenting musts. All of it was whole-bunch pressed, and one-quarter was fermented in old casks, the rest in tanks. Left on its lees for seven months with occasional stirring, the final wine is as deep and rich in flavor as its yellow hue predicts: It moves from waxy apple flavors to...

90 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant, showing a gentle texture, with intense acidity giving energy to the flavors of yellow apple, lime and honeysuckle. Salty mineral elements emerge midpalate, leaving a savory aftertaste. *Smart Buy* (AZ)" (10/2019) K&L Notes: #65 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2019 This project is headed by Vincent Carême of Loire Valley fame. Inspired by the South African landscape (and perhaps also by his wife, Tania, who hails from the Cape region), he has decided to create this southern expression of Chenin Blanc.

"Creating wines in harmony with nature" is the philosophy of Jean-Noël Millon, seventh-generation family winemaker at this family run estate. Located in the village of Varrains, just a short distance from the town of Saumur, Jean-Noel farms 14 hectares of vineyards biodynamically all planted on the clay-limestone tuffeaux that makes the region so special. The Coulee d'Aunis is 100% Chenin Blanc from one hectare that is all hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and spends about one year in primarily used barrique. The result is a remarkable ...
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93 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Vouvray 'Utopie' Demi-Sec from Florent Cosme comes from his oldest parcel of vines, which are more than seventy years of age. The wine is raised similarly to the la Motte Sec in four hundred liter, four-to-eight year-old barrels. The wine delivers a fine aromatic constellation of sweet quince, a touch of pineapple, incipient honeycomb, flinty soil tones and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with great mid-palate depth, bright, zesty acids and excellent leng...

94 points Decanter: "Silky textured, with lovely inviting notes of grapefruits, wild flowers and sweet spices. Displays exceptional finesse and typicity. " (10/2019) Wine Spectator: "Lively, with green almond, honeysuckle and melon notes zipping through. (JM, Web-2019)" K&L Notes: Andrea Mullineux’s 2018 Kloof Street is a stunning example of exceptional South African Chenin, produced by one of South Africa’s best winemakers. Named Wine Enthusiast’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 2017, this American expat living in Swartland has been crafting stunning win...


93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A south-facing parcel on shale soil has produced this rich wine packed with tropical-fruit flavors as well as crisper apple and citrus acidity. Aged in wood, the wine has some spice, but it really celebrates great fruit and wonderful acidity. Drink from 2020. (RV)" (06/2019) 90 points Wine Spectator: "The floral aromas on the nose draw you in, while hints of ground anise and coriander introduce the palate. Combining power and grace, the elements of ripe orchard fruit, lemon verbena and prominent minerality mingle to create a...

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Organically grown grapes from a single parcel go into this resplendent wine. Touched lightly by wood but much more focused on honey and apple, spice and intense acidity, the wine is ripe, peppery and set to age. Drink from 2022. (RV)" (12/2018) 92 points Wine Spectator: "A plump, ripe style that flirts with an off-dry feel, as ginger, pear, McIntosh apple and quince flavors race through, carried by a note of piecrust. Juicy energy throughout gives this a flattering feel. Drink now through 2026. (JM)" (11/2018) K&L Notes: ...

KL Notes: Craig Haarmeyer is a third generation Sacramenten who has been responsible for coining the term "Sacramento Terroir". He and his family are responsible for all of production, from picking to bottling, and believe in celebrating the history, place, and naturalness of varieties grown around the Sacramento area. Favoring vineyard sites that are grown sustainably and organic, Craig believes in allowing the terroir to express itself with a hands off approach to winemaking, stating "We add nothing but elbow grease." *natural ...
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94 points James Suckling: "Fresh-beeswax, chamomile and light lemon-blossom aromas with fresh melon. The palate has the same waxy, floral character. Very fresh dried peaches and mangoes flutter away on the finish. From biodynamically grown grapes." (12/2018) 93 points Sam Kim: "Complex and fragrant, the engaging bouquet shows baked apple, mandarin and potpourri characters with subtle savoury nuances. The palate delivers excellent weight and intensity, brilliantly enhanced by succulent fruit flavours and silky texture. It is flavoursome and varietaly cl...

1997 Baumard Coteaux du Layon "Cuvée du Paon"
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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The bergamot and red fruit-scented 1997 Coteaux du Layon Cuvee le Paon exhibits a broad, sweet character filled with Cynar (an Italian artichoke liqueur), apricots, candied lemons, and tangy limes. It is beautifully rendered, lush, velvety, and flavorful. (PR)" (08/1999)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This medium-bodied wine tastes vivid and tangy but also boasts rich, ripe and round characteristics that broaden the flavors and lead to a lingering finish. It shows an abundance of ripe pear, apple and citrus flavors that really wake up the taste buds. *Editors’ Choice* (JG)" (12/2019) Wine Spectator: "Appealing notes of apricot, chamomile and peach cobbler mingle with hints of sweet tea. Set on a juicy frame, this shows off spice details on the finish. Chenin Blanc and Viognier. Drink now. (MW)" (11/2019) K&L Notes: A wi...

91 points Wine Spectator: "Silky, with great intensity and focus coming from the firm backbone of acidity, which stands behind the flavors of stone fruit, white raspberry, elderflower and lime. A vanilla bean note emerges on the inviting finish. Enjoyable now, but will show better in several years. Best from 2021 through 2029. (AZ, Web Only-2019)" (09/2019) K&L Notes: 91-93 points Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com: "This is Vincent's négociant Vouvray, made from purchased fruit, with 13.2% alcohol and 4 g/l residual sugar. The aromatics here are pure, fres...

Winemaker's Notes: "The 2018 L’Isle Verte shows the deliciously savory and mineral qualities of this grape. Leading with salty notes of beach sand, toasted coconut, lime, and a faint hint of mushroom, this wine is truly 'clawed from the earth.' Long, gorgeous, mouth-coating acid, and the structure we’ve come to expect from Willard’s superb old-vine Chenin fruit give way to a lime zesty finish. The Yakima Valley is home to our old vine Chenin Blanc at Willard Farms. This Chenin vineyard has over 40 years of own-rooted development at the highest elevation ...
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About this producer: "Our domaine is the work of four successive generations at Cléré Sur Layon. Whilst understanding how to evolve and keep up to date, the estate has grown from 5 to 80 hectares over 50 years. We strive to utilise the diversity of the soils and vines in the vineyard, ensuring the handing down of the estate to each generation. Grape varieties are selected according to each soil type, and with constant and rigorous monitoring of the production, and knowledge of traditional wine making it is possible to obtain the quintessence of our app...
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2017 Lieu Dit Santa Ynez Valley Chenin Blanc
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93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chenin Blanc is one of the most expressive wines in the Lieu Dit range. Perfumed, generous and inviting, the 2017 has so much to offer. The Chenin emerges from Happy Canyon Vineyard, where the first Chenin was planted in an appellation that is better known for its Bordeaux varieties. Justin Willett fermented the 2017 in stainless steel and aged the wine in neutral oak. (AG)" (09/2018) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Chenin Blanc features scents of baker's yeast, cheese rind, toast, candle wax and smoke/gun...

92 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Old Vines is unctuous, deep and powerful, with terrific freshness for such a rich, exotic wine. Varietal notes ample up in this beautifully textured, oily Chenin from vines planted in 1996. (AG)" (09/2019) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Always one of the more distinctive white wines from the region, this vintage starts with aromas of lemon skin, forest herbs and chive. The palate is redolent of yellow grapefruit and rides a tense, tangy structure into the long finish. (MK)" (06/2019) Ro...

92 points Vinous: "Golden straw color. Exotic aromas of passion fruit, apricot, acacia honey and jasmine, plus a touch of oyster shell. Sappy, palate-coating pit fruit flavors are impressively deep but also sufficiently lively, with a chalky minerality lending lift and adding precision. Juicy and intensely floral on the classically elegant finish, this is strangely reminiscent of an off-dry riesling auslese from the Rheingau. (JBP)" (12/2014)


96 points, Winedoctor.com: "This is a vintage Philippe Foreau likens to 2002, which means he likes it, because like me Philippe is also a great admirer of that vintage. The alcohol here is 13.5%, and residual sugar 7.8 g/l, the highest ever figure in a sec cuvée from the Foreau family. It has great minerality on the nose still, with peach slices, apricot stone, pear and apple pip. A great style, tense, fresh and cool, carrying bitter citrus fruits, saline elements and white pepper. Wonderful tension and minerality here, in what has to be one of the great...
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Lordes "Lulu" Martinez Ojeda of Bodegas Henri Lurton, was originally from Ensenada and studied abroad in Bordeaux, obtaining her viticulture degree and working for Henri Lurton of Chateau Brane-Cantenac for over a decade. After showing Henri her native region, he set up shop in the Valle de Guadalupe, bringing Lulu on board as chief winemaker. As one of the most in-demand winemakers in the Valle, Lulu has many side projects as well, including overseeing the Palafox wines.
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93 points Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com: "This is Jérôme's first white cuvée, vinified in stainless steel throughout, and this was bottled on April 11th. I find great purity on the nose, with pear and apple fruit. The palate follows on in the same vein, cool and bright, but possessing lovely density and freshness, with a fine persistence and energy in the end. Cool and refined, showing its colours very clearly, with a great pithy substance of fruit in the finish. Classically styled, with tension and poise. 93/100." (11/2019)
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This "Cuvée du Silex" is the reserve bottling of Pascal Janvier. The soils are flint-dominated and the resulting minerality is astounding. This is made from Chenin Blanc and comes from the tiny appellation of Jasnières due north of Vouvray. An unctuous white that's full of raw honey, chamomile, and white flowers. Delicious, supple, and an excellent companion to soft and hard cheeses.
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Lordes "Lulu" Martinez Ojeda of Bodegas Henri Lurton, was originally from Ensenada and studied abroad in Bordeaux, obtaining her viticulture degree and working for Henri Lurton of Chateau Brane-Cantenac for over a decade. After showing Henri her native region, he set up shop in the Valle de Guadalupe, bringing Lulu on board as chief winemaker. As one of the most in-demand winemakers in the Valle, Lulu has many side projects as well, including overseeing the Palafox wines.
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This 100% Chenin Blanc comes from the nearly 40-year-old Saini Vineyard. Winery tasting notes: "This wine has alluring weight and richness, a silky texture and subtle aromas of Chamomile, orchard fruits and lemon confit. The palate offers a medley of Lanolin, white pepper and tea notes, as well as hints of straw that carry through to a lingering almost salty finish."
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This limited production bottling of Chalone 2016 Estate Chenin Blanc was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1919. Vines this old produce miniscule yields but extraordinary fruit resulting in a rare opportunity to try what we consider liquid gold. Only 177 cases produced.
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Winery notes: "The Sacramento Delta features complex soils comprised of centuries of mineral run-off from the Sierras. Combined with afternoon winds and moderate temperatures, this climate creates bright Chenin Blanc and Viognier grapes ideal for our Three Pears wine... With inviting aromas of juicy tropical fruits, our Chenin Blanc Viognier includes flavors of ripe pears with hints of honey and vanilla on the palate, rounded out by a clean, lingering finish. Enjoy this wine by the pool on a hot, summer day or at your next afternoon picnic."
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From the importer: "Bodegas Henri Lurton is born from an adventure that links France to Mexico. Henri Lurton, owner of the Grand Cru Classé Château Brane-Cantenac in Margaux, with the support of his eldest sons, Vincent and Nicolas, placed a confident bid on Baja California – convinced of its winemaking potential, the warmth of its people and the generosity of the land. After working for almost 10 years at Château Brane-Cantenac, winemaker Lourdes Martinez Ojeda returned to her hometown of Ensenada to bridge the divide between France and Mexico. Her fir...
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Joel B Payne writes: "If any producer has reached mythical status on the Loire, it is certainly Nicolas Joly. He is known to many, even to those who have never tasted a single glass of his wine, as the leading latter-day partisan of Rudolf Steiner’s agricultural philosophy. Given that he produces only 40,000 bottles from their 15 hectares of vineyard, it is not surprising that many wine lovers may never have even seen one."
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97 points, Winedoctor.com: "In this vintage the alcohol is 13.5% and the residual sugar 20 g/l. This has some pithy notes of citrus fruits, orange and pink grapefruit in particular, along with apricot stone and more tropical notes of mango on the nose. It feels really quite superb, exotic yet fresh and cool, the sweetness balanced by bitter elements and a citrus energy. Polished and plump yet fresh, this feels so perfectly defined, a fantastic demi-sec cuvée, energetic, long and minerally. A superb result and one that must be added to the cellar." (09/20...
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90 points Wine & Spirits: "A native of Angers, Thomas Batardière apprenticed with Mathieu Vallée of Château Yvonne while studying viticulture, then struck out on his own in 2012. He earned Demeter certification for his vines in 2015, including the six acres of Chenin Blanc he farms for this wine. It comes off as a 'natural wine,' with cidery notes, even as there’s enough taut structure and grip to keep the waxy florals, lanolin complexity and sweet stone-fruit flavors in check." (04/2019) K&L Notes: *Natural Wine, Biodynamic* A low intervention wine fr...

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec is clear, bright and fresh on the chalky/spicy nose. Round and lush on the palate, the 2018 is a dense, refined and charmingly sweet Haut-Lieu with accessible fruit and a stimulatingly salty finish that reveals very fine tannins and lovely sur-lie texture. This is a delicious Chenin from Vouvray but still young. Tasted in May 2019. (SR)" (05/2019) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Round and expressive, with great balance between the sweetness of orchard fruit and bracing acidity ...

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux Première Trie is deep and intense yet pure and chalky on the distinctive, slightly flinty and yeasty nougat-scented nose. Vital, vibrantly fresh and tight yet fine and pure on the playful palate, this is an intense, sweet and impressively rich Chenin with tension, salt and finesse as well as fine but grippy tannins. This is an exciting Haut-Lieu that is already dangerously ready to drink but will become even more complex and dimensioned with bottle age. Definitely the Haut-L...

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux is ripe and already quite open on the remarkably fine and precise nose where delicate chalky notes intermix with yeasty aromas of ripe apples and even very fine flinty hints. On the palate, this is a sweet, lush, salty-piquant and refined but tightly woven Chenin with structure, remarkable finesse, tickling salinity and serious but fine tannins, as if it was a Pinot Noir. Filigreed and feminine on the tongue, the 2018 develops a long, tensioned, tightly woven and stimulatin...

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux is clear, deep, pure and flinty on the intense but fine and coolish-mineral nose. Very distinctive! Lush and intense but also pure, vital and tensioned on the palate, this elegant and seductive Le Mont offers a straightforward drive and a highly complex and energetic finish with grip and great mineral tension. A gorgeous, crystalline, persistently salty and tightly woven Chenin with great complexity and energy. Very attractive already today! (SR)" (05/2019)


2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Secateurs Chenin Blanc has a light but pure bouquet with lemon peel, grapefruit and hints of wet wool. The palate is crisp and vibrant on the entry with touches of lanolin and litchi nuts. This is so well balanced – uncomplicated but delicious. Drink now." (12/2012) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and engaging, with lots of white peach, Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes offset by a bright floral edge. The pure, unadorned finish sails on. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.—J.M." (06/2013) Stephen ...

91 points Winedoctor.com: "This is 100% Chenin Blanc, from limestone soils. It is already in bottle. The nose is softly fragrant, with a gentle citrus-fruit substance, dressed with pretty and expressive notes of perfumed chalk. A similarly charming palate follows, with a gentle white peach and apricot character. Through the middle it feels fresh and plump, but overall the style is reserved, with restrained fruit but a nice phenolic backbone. Pretty, but it doesn't seem to communicate the generosity of the vintage." 91/100 (February 2019)
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93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is clear and seductively ripe on the elegant, still yeasty nose with a mineral backbone and its chalky background. Sweet and lush but fine and filigreed on the palate, this is a salty, frisky, elegant, densely woven and well-structured Haut-Lieu with fine tannins and a long, complex finish that is rich and finessed at the same time, with lingering piquancy and stimulating salinity. This 2018 is a very charming but also serious Chenin Blanc with fine tannins, good tension and...

From the importer: "The Tendre is made from 100% Chenin Blanc from flint soils in Reugny rather than the more typical tuffeau soils one finds further to the south and west in Vouvray. Harvest by hand and rigorously sorted at the cellar, the grapes are pressed and ferment spontaneously in tank. With a small amount of residual sugar, just too much to be called sec and far too little to be classified as a demi-sec, the Tendre is a versatile wine at the table as you would no doubt experience should you visit the Viking."
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