Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pierre Bise Clos de Coulaine Savennieres, 1996

If you go by appearance alone, you might have poured this down the sink before taking the first taste. Glad I didn't do that. Mature Chenin Blanc from Savennieres in the Loire Valley rarely fits international standards but is nearly always an exceptional experience.

Deep, deep gold, almost to bronze. Looks like a well aged Sauternes, and the first sniff is also very Sauternes-like. Lots of honey, probably even some botrytis. Ripe apples and minerals. On the palate, honey and cooked apples. Great texture. Unctious like a Sauternes but with a dry finish. This wine requires a lot of attention; and rewards you amply for that attention.

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