2015 Saumur Blanc, Chenin du Puy, Frédéric Mabileau

2015 Saumur Blanc, Chenin du Puy, Frédéric Mabileau

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2015 Saumur Blanc, Chenin du Puy, Frédéric Mabileau

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The Mabileau family has been making wine since 1620, but Frédéric and his wife Nathalie are looking to the future. They are currently renovating their winery in the village of St Nicolas de Bourgueil. As if that wasn't enough, they're converting a proportion of their vineyards to biodynamics.

This luxurious Chenin Blanc comes from a sunny, single-hectare parcel near Puy-Notre-Dame. Expect aromas of ripe stone and orchard fruit, as well as notes of buttered toast attributable to a year's élevage in new 600-litre oak barrels. The palate is full and voluptuous, yet balanced, with refreshing acidity. Drink now to 2025.
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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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