Damien Laureau ‘Le Bel Ouvrage’ Savennieres 2004

87 points

Loire, France. 14%

A complex dry white, 100% Chenin Blanc. Tonnes of mineral flavour, with noticeable alcohol, and just a tiny tiny hint of honey sweetness (that seems a mixture of bortytis and/oxidation).

I love Chenin Blanc, and it says something about its versatility that it can make a wine in this (high alcohol, bone dry) style which is so far removed from the gentle sec and demi sec wines that are more typical of the Loire.

But I miss the flavour of Chenin fruit, and I dislike being able to distinctly taste the alcohol.

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