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2018 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc

SKU #1486413 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This intense, full-bodied wine is full of baked-apple and cooked-pear flavors. There is certainly acidity here, but it is integrated in the wine's ripeness and weight. The perfumed, nutty aftertaste is as full as the rest of this rich wine. *Editors' Choice* (RV) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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 to 80 hectares that stretch across the appellation including some very select parcels in the Coteaux du Layon (home of one of the region's great dessert wines). The Anjou Blanc is grown on primarily schist soils and goes through its elevage in stainless and then some barrel aging. The introduction of oak is minimal though using primarily older barrels to impart a little spice character while helping build the texture and richness of the wine.

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2020 | Send Email
I have been a Chenin Blanc superfan ever since one fateful Chenin helped convert me from an ignorant dabbler into a full-blown wine lover. As a self-proclaimed arbiter and spokesperson for the grape, I am consistently impressed by the wines family-owned label continues to produce, especially for the price. A delightful melange of orange blossom honey and juicy Bartlett pears springs up from the glass, elevated by lip-smacking acidity and gentle, well-realized spice. More than anything, though, I love the texture of this wine. Last year's was crisp and a bit light, whereas this bottle seems a tad more fleshed out while retaining its verve and freshness. A masterful example of the values of Loire Valley whites, this deserves a dedicated spot among your rotation of weekday wine. Drink it with veggies, summer salad, almost any Asian cuisine, or your favorite pork loin recipe.

By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2020 | Send Email
I love Chenin Blanc. It's such a versatile grape, and this Anjou Blanc from Petit Clocher is a delicious version. It's full bodied and luscious, with spiced pear skin and golden apple notes. It finishes bone dry with plenty of zip. Try it with creamy cheeses and a fresh hunk of bread.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2020 | Send Email
One of my favorite additions to our portfolio from the Loire is Petit Clocher. Their Anjou blanc is a joyful expression of Chenin. Loads of sweet pear fruit, crunchy minerals and appley goodness, this is pure pleasure in a glass. Serve with anything from Thai food and Chinese food with lots of umami character or keep it simple and have with some a mixed grill of pork chops and apples. A true delight!

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