2008 Stéphane Cossais "Le Volagré" Montlouis-Sur-Loire

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Stéphane Cossais had a promising future before his untimely death in 2009, leaving his last two vintages in barrel. The wines were bottled by Frantz Saumon, following precisely the preferences of Cossais. Le Volagre is 100% Chenin Blanc, farmed organically and aged for 24 months in demi-muids. This is one destined for long aging, so drink now to enjoy it in its youth or stick in your cellar for decades of pleasure.

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
This is an absolutely beautiful wine, and sadly the last vintage from this producer, who passed away suddenly in 2009. The 2008 vintage was still in barrel, but was bottled by his friend, Frantz Saumon after the appropriate aging time. M. Cossais was dedicated to the art of making very high-quality wines, designed to age. This 100% Chenin Blanc was aged on its lees in large, neutral oak for two years before bottling, and shows the stamp of careful wine-making. The aromas are honeyed and floral, with a waxy, full-bodied texture, and layers of flavor, featuring poached pear, honey crisp apple, and mandarin zest. Colossal, and full of structure, this wine is beginning to drink well now, but will certainly continue to age over the next 5 years at least.

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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.