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Domaine Saint-Nicolas Michon Haut des Clous, Fiefs Vendeens Chenin Blanc 2014 (6x75cl)

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).

 

Fiefs Vendeens 2014 - February 2017 Decanter review

 

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.

 

£147.20

Domaine Sautereau Sancerre 2016 (1x75cl)

Lemon/yellow in colour with vibrant aromas of nettle, grapefruit and passionfruit. The palate is elegant in texture, with refreshing acidity and medium body. There is plenty of citrus and mineral flavour, with a long, thirst-quenching finish.

£17.35

Domaine Sautereau Sancerre 2015 (1x37.5cl)

Lemon/yellow in colour with vibrant aromas of nettle, grapefruit and passionfruit. The palate is elegant in texture, with refreshing acidity and medium body. There is plenty of citrus and mineral flavour, with a long, thirst-quenching finish.

£9.30

Domaine Vieux Vauvert Vouvray 2015 (1x 75cl)

Chenin Blanc is much the preserve of South African winemakers these days, but its origins lie in the Loire Valley. Savennières and Coteaux de Layon are perhaps the most famous Loire Chenins, but not always entirely ‘price accessible’. Vouvray provides an elegant and very affordable solution. The Vieux Vauvert is medium-dry (which is to say, there’s just a hint of sweetness) with a lively fresh finish. This wine has a plethora of flavours to share: among them, ripe apple, quince, lime and citrus blossom.
£11.40

Domaines De Ladoucette Pouilly Fume 2013 (1x 75cl)

Benchmark Pouilly- Fumé from the historic Ladoucette family who have been producing wine in the region since the eighteenth century. The nose is a veritable explosion of fruit, floral, herbaceous and gunflint notes. On the palate they are joined by crunchy green apple, pear and more citrus fruit. Searing acidity keeps makes it last and last on the finish.
£23.04

Favray Pouilly Fume 2015 (1x75cl)

Not just a grassy, acidic dry white but a round, lush wine with depth of fruit and fantastic concentration, and superb balance which make it an ideal sauvignon blanc. Starting with an aromatic flowery/fruity bouquet and finishing with clean, crisp citrus style fruit, great length and limestone/minerally tones.

£16.05

Goulaine Les Lorys Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur Lie half bottle 2015 (1x 37.5cl)

Fresh, round and quite full in the mouth. Good general balance, minty and mineral in the mouth.
£6.24

Jean Marechal Sancerre 2014 (1x 75cl)

From vineyards on the prime site of the hill opposite the village of Chavignol, vinified under the watchful eye of Arnaud Bourgeois, this is quintessential Sancerre. Superb.

£18.50

Langlois-Chateau Saumur Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

A lifted fresh and approachable, fruity Saumur which offers the freshness of its chalky soil with the white flowers and honeyed characteristics of its grape varietal.

£10.65

Le Petit Broux, Les Celliers de Cérès Sancerre 2016 (1x75cl)

Overt gooseberry style Sauvignon flavour mingled with some exotic scents. Immediately appealing, crisp and clean with a good concentration of fruit. Although immediately drinkable the it usually needs about six months in the bottle to lose its initial greenness.

£16.85
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