From one of the top producers in the Loire Valley in France comes this great value in dry Chenin Blanc. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with orange peel, sea air and minerality. Medium bodied. Great texture. Dry. On the palate, there is quince, slight salinity and underlying minerality. Nice acidity. Long finish. This is delicious on its own and will work well with lighter foods and also Thai food. This is drinking well right now and should continue to do so for ten to twelve more years.
Sandlands makes some of the best Chenin Blanc in the US. Now, that might be faint praise for some, but theirs stands up to anyone's in the world too. Light silvery/gold in color with a touch of copper. The nose is very minerally with some orange peel. Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture. The minerality really comes thru to the palate, but there is also some tangerine notes and a hint or herbs. Good balance. Refreshing. Nice finish. This is drinking great now, but Chenin can age well. This won't make really old bones, but another seven to ten years is not out of the question
This is an outstanding white from South Africa. It is a blend of 80% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette and 7% Viognier. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is enticing with orange peel, lemon, wax, honey and minerals. Medium bodied. On the palate, it feels like it will be sweet but is not. Dry. Lots of layers with lemon and orange over minerals. Complex. It is one of those wines that forces on to pay attention. Long finish. At age seven, this is young, vibrant with plenty of energy. There is some development but more is coming. There is some mint on the long finish. This sho
What a beautiful wine. At age 15, this has settled into a nice sweet spot. Sealed with a screw cap. Golden in color, but too dark. The nose is big with dried honey, pears, orange peel and salinity. Full bodied and slightly viscous. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Delicious with great minerality. Oranges and honey over minerals. Still showing youthful with lots of verve. Long finish. This should easily go another fifteen to twenty years. It works great on its own and will work with less sweet or fruit based desserts (especially pears or oranges).
Another gorgeous bottle from one of the top producers of Vouvray. Light golden in color. The nose is great. Lots of minerality with pears, quince and saline. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Ripe quince and orange peel with underlying minerality. Great smooth texture. Nice balance. Long finish. This is slightly sweet but certainly not overt. This should last for a couple of decades although Huet has had some issues with random bottles prematurely oxidizing. Still, laying a few down and drinking some young is a nice strategy. This drinks great on its own and would work well
Huet is perhaps my favorite producer of Chenin Blanc in the world. These are wines that will last for decades and drink well young (with a bit of air). This is one is demi-sec or off dry. Light golden in color, shimmering bright. The nose is pretty with orange peel, slight peach, sea air and minerals. Medium to full bodied. Slightly sweet but not cloying, which is nicely balanced by acidity. Delicious with flavors or oranges apples and peaches over a mineral base. Long finish. If well stored, this should drink well for fifteen more years or more. Lovely on its own, it will work ni
This is a Chenin Blanc from the central part of the Loire Valley. Medium "olde" gold in color with just a touch of copper. The nose is very nice with lots of minerals, a bit of salinity and some orange peel. On the palate, this is dry. Nice citrus with some orange pith and underlying minerality. Slightly tart on the finish. A lovely, slightly oily texture. Chenin ages very well and this is still drinking well.
Just an outstanding bottle of wine from a wine that is just about always great! Light golden in color with slight green swirls. A gorgeous nose with honey, pineapple, great minerality, salinity and crushed shells. On the palate, this is slightly viscous. Slightly sweet. Wonderfully balanced. Peaches, honey, red apples with underlying minerality. Long finish. This is just delicious. Easy to drink. Consumed over two nights it was very different but great on both nights. Much more seamless on the second night if a bit less exuberant. This will work well with salads and also spicy f
This a sparkling wine from the southwest corner of France. It is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc and 10% Pinot Noir. It is an excellent value in sparkling wine. Silvery gold in color, clear and bright. There is a fair amount of small to medium sized bubbles making up the mousse. On opening, this is a very aromatic wine. There is an initial wave of limes and lanolin followed by minerals and baked apples on the nose. Good acidity. The palate has a nice roundness with baked apples and slight cherry notes. This has moderate depth with light tannins. It finishes long. Over
Sandlands makes my favorite US Chanin Blanc. That might not be an impressive statement, but there are some great ones and this one competes with any anywhere. Light golden in color. The nose is very nice (if not served too cold) with almonds, orange peel, minerals and slight lemon. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is a nice depth. The almonds and orange peel carry thru with a slight waxy note. Good energy. Nice balance. Long finish. This seems like it should improve a bit with age and should drink well for seven to ten years (and quite possibly more). It will work well with li