The 2015 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2017 edition review of Loire Dry Chenins (see blue link below).
L'Insolite 2015 - February 2017 Decanter review
A classy, dry, Loire Chenin from one of the classiest of Loire producers, one whose (biodynamic) approach is more Burgundian than of the Loire. Harvesting is manual, selecting grapes at their very ripest level; vinification is handled in small batches with bottling both unfined and unfiltered. The producer has garnered praise in the European press for his exciting wines, which are always filled with ripe, generous fruit and supple textures.
L’Insolite is from a plot of vines some 85 years old, grown on clayey-limestone with sandstone and flint subsoil.
The grapes are harvested by hand. Fermentation takes place in large vessels of 12hl to preserve the character of the wine. The pressing is done using pneumatic equipment for four hours before the wine is left to ferment at a controlled temperature of 12.8°C for four months. The wine is then left to age on its fine lees for a further nine months.
This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc.
The colour of L'Insolite is straw yellow, bright and shiny. The nose combines concentration, freshness, generosity and power. The aromas encompass subtle scents of fruit, flowers and vegetables. Then there are white fruit aromas (pear, peach) and citrus (lemon, grapefruit ...). It also has a verbena character. On the palate, the mouthfeel is balanced and velvety showing all the potential of this great terroir. Acidity is present, which draws the flavours together in perfect harmony with each other. There are also deeper flavours of ginger and spice giving a sense of structure to the wine.