2004 Nicolas Joly "Roche Aux Moines Clos de la Bergerie" Savennieres

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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Joly’s 2004 Savennieres – Roche-aux-Moines Clos de la Bergerie displays a striking aroma of apricot, fresh quince, almond paste, chicken stock, chalk dust, and musky florality – the sort of smells that makes you wonder that they could come from grapes, which I suppose Joly would argue that they don’t really, Chenin being but the vehicle for expressing terroir and cosmic forces. Firmer, juicier and less flattering in texture than its Clos Sacres stable mate (though faintly oily), this saturates the palate with poached apricot, apricot kernel, pineapple, raspberry preserves, almond paste, and toasted pecan, yet without suggesting more than subtle sweetness. In fact, it manages to display intense ripeness while preserving a certain underlying austerity, here conveyed in the finish by an adamant tone of wet stone rather than the more diverse mineral display of the Clos Sacres. (Nor is there a trace of heat from this wine’s advertised 14.5% alcohol.)" (08/07) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Has a chewy intensity to the peach pit, green almond, ginger, persimmon and humus notes, followed by crunchy acidity on the rich finish. Very open now, but will age easily. Drink now through 2021.

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.