Damien Laureau Savennieres Les Genets Chenin Blanc
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Damien Laureau's 'Les Genets' from the tiny appellation of Savennieres in the Loire Valley, is a beautiful Chenin Banc. Showing all of the style and texture that this appellation is known for, along with the high acidity that provides the structure for ageing and pure enjoyment. The nose shows honeysuckle, golden apple, lilac and a hint of smokiness. The palate shows apricot, a salty brininess and honey. The finish is long, due to the strong acid backbone. Delicious with baked salmon, soft cheeses, roast chicken or pork.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"Golden. An approachable, modern, and generous style of Savennières. Complex nose of beeswax, honeysuckle, golden apple, lilac, and an underlying smokiness. Muscular and full-bodied on the palate, but pretty notes of ripe apricot, melon, and tangerine with hints of herb, salt, and honey and a long juicy finish. This has a long life ahead of it."
Jason Wilson, Vinous Media, July 2020. — 94 Points
“I have written before that Damien makes the best wines in Savennières, and this tasting did nothing to dissuade me of this opinion....Here we have one of the greatest domaines of the appellation, one that is well worth seeking out. I find Laureau’s wines adorable, and will certainly be returning to them to taste and drink in the future...Today his is one of the top names in the appellation. In fact, I would place him at the top.”
Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor.
Made from Chenin Blanc grapes, from a selection of the sandier soil terroirs, mostly from around the Moulin de Beaupréau. Tank fermented, then matured in barrel for 12 months, followed by a final elevage in tank for another 4-6 months.
About Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc is a high acid grape variety that can be made into sparkling, dry or even sweet wines. Depending on how ripe the Chenin Blanc grapes are when they are picked, they can be made into sparkling wines (that need higher acidity) or dry wines that have an abundance of ripe fruit characters from using riper grapes. Younger Chenin Blanc wines usually show aromas and flavours of fresh apples and tropical fruit whereas the older Chenin Blanc wines have a more smoky, richer flavour profile. In addition, Chenin Blanc is used to make some of the best dessert wines in the world, again, the combination of high acidity and ripe fruit provides a wine with depth and structure, at the same time. Chenin Blanc is grown around the world but it does particularly well in Australia (Margaret River and McLaren Vale), The USA (California), Argentina (Mendoza) and South Africa (Paarl, Swartland). Chenin Blanc is South Africa's most widely grown grape. Winemakers in South Africa are making complex and concentrated Chenin Blanc wines from old bush vines, that can be aged for decades. Some of the most impressive Chenin Blanc wines come from the Loire Valley in Central France. Climate and soil make a big difference to Chenin Blanc wines and the Loire Valley has a diverse range of both. The appellation of Savennieres produce full bodied, dry Chenin Blanc wines while The Coteaux du Layon appellation makes incredibly good sweet wines that have an abundance of flavour and acidity. The appellations of Vouvray and Saumur produce still and sparkling Chenin Blanc wines. The appellation of Anjou, also in the Loire Valley is known for dry wines that are often matured in oak.
Wine Body: Medium Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Organic / Vegan: Organic, Vegan
Non Alcoholic: No
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