2014 Saumur Blanc, Chenin du Puy, Frédéric Mabileau

2014 Saumur Blanc, Chenin du Puy, Frédéric Mabileau

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2014 Saumur Blanc, Chenin du Puy, Frédéric Mabileau

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A marvellous, sui generis wine from one of the Loire Valley’s most forward-thinking winemakers, Frédéric Mabileau. It hails from a single, one-hectare parcel of vines (around 50 years old) at the base of a hill near the village of Puy Notre Dame. The vines are south-facing and ripen quickly, giving rise to a rich, concentrated wine, which Frédéric ages for a year in new 600-litre barrels. Nonetheless, Chenin Blanc’s hallmark high acidity provides balance, making this fresh and moreish, not to mention age-worthy. Drink now to 2023.
Will Heslop, Burgundy Buying Assistant (summer 2019)
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Frederic Mabileau

Frederic Mabileau

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Saumur-Champigny

Saumur-Champigny

Saumur-Champigny is an Anjou-Saumur appellation noted for the uncomplicated, fruit-forward character of its Cabernet Franc red wines grown on the sand over chalky tuffeau soils. The wines are aged predominantly in old oak or inert vessels to give a good-value, early-drinking style. Château du Hureau is a consistently good source.

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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley and the most widely planted varietal grape in South Africa.

In the Loire it produces high quality dry wines in Savenniéres, and luscious sweet, dessert wines in Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume. In Vouvray and Montlouis it can be dry, medium dry, or sweet, and still or sparkling. Whether dry or sweet, the best Loire Chenin Blancs possess marvellously concentrated rich, honeyed fruit together with refreshingly vibrant acidity. It is Chenin Blanc's high acidity that enable the wines to age so well.

In South Africa Chenin Blanc is easier to grow and is prized for its versatility. It is used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat but also bottled unblended. The best producers keep their yields low and produce impressive mouthfilling wines.

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