Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Domaine du Baumard Clos du Papillon Savenierres, 1985

I've had many good wines this week, but this, for me, ranks at the very top. Savenierres, a dry Chenin Blanc from the Loire, is always unique and not for everyone. Although pleasant when consumed young, a good Savenierres just keeps growing and changing for decades.

Medium deep gold--amazingly youthful presence for a 16-year-old white wine. The pungent, musky bouquet was a bit much for some at the table. "Smells like pee," one said. (But at least you can't mistake it for "cat pee," as you might for the Sauvignon Blanc beside it on the table.) It's Loire Chenin Blanc at its best, and I love it. Incredibly deep with many dark corners to explore. Similar depth and complexity on the palate but also plenty of lively flavors--again, amazingly youthful. Many faceted beauty with a long, long, long finish.

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