"Now this wine has an exciting nose! The back of my neck tingled. Wines like this drag me into the otherworld of synesthesia and I probably should issue an apology and a warning note up front to those who have their senses and brain connected firmly in all the right places. But if it were possible to smell, or taste, the swirl of copper and bronze pressed into cherry wood, quince petrified into bornite, the coppery glow of bracken in late autumn, a bright new penny dipped in marmalade liqueur (without even a molecule of sweetness), sunset on black rocks, spindle berries … then that's this wine. Practically speaking, it is dry, elegant, determined, long, toasty and has notes of bitter orange, quince, spice. None of this really matters. It is a stunner. Drink with reverence." 17.5 points Tamlyn Currin for JancisRobinson.com
This cuvée is best enjoyed at 10° C with a great aperitif, or try it with oven-roasted Dover sole coated in an orange, raisin and almond crust with garlic infused wild rice!
Terroir: Flint-clay soil
Average age of vines: 30 to 60 years old
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested // natural fermentation // no added yeast // barrel fermentation and ageing for a year // the lees are stirred in the barrels several times each month by hand to encourage natural aromas and protect the juice from oxidation // minimal use of new oak barrels to avoid classic "wood" tastes // no fining.
- Chenin Blanc
- France, Loire
- Le Clos de la Meslerie
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve