Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2017 edition review of Loire Dry Chenins (see blue link below).
An elegant, fully dry Loire Chenin from the Fiefs Vendéens appellation; whereas much of the Loire’s better-known Chenins originate from way upstream in the Touraine or Anjou-Saumur, this comes from just where the river spills into the Atlantic below Nantes.
Indeed, Domaine Saint-Nicolas is precisely why Fiefs Vendéen is known. Michon are biodymanic producers and the Hauts des Clous is the epitome of their art. It has a progressive intensity with great tension and freshness, apple and peach aromas, a very smooth texture and long finish. There are not many dry Chenins like this.
The 2011 shows bright yellow colour with golden hues. The nose is fresh and perfumed with honeysuckle and almond. The palate is full bodied and smooth textured, with cooked apple and stone fruits notes alongside the subtle spiciness of barrel ageing. The finish is long with a light acidity which leaves a refreshing long lasting effect.
A wine of great finesse, distinguished and elegant. The colour is pure and bright, with light glints of white gold. The aromas evoke trees in bloom and white flesh fruit, like white peaches. With age, the aromas evolve towards the aftertaste, ending on an exceptional wealth of flavors, both floral and fruity.