Domaine des Forges, Le Moulin du Gue, AOC Savenierres, Loire, France, 2011
Savennieres is a white appellation for chenin blanc only, the style is predominantly dry, a sweet style is permitted, but this is rare.
Varietal chenin blanc, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, another Co-op wine, about £10.50
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with opening aromas of quince and fresh mown hay, then ripe white grapefruit and a waxy note, and though I don’t believe in the term ‘minerality’ there is sort of how can I say, low-key ‘carpet dustiness’ about it – minerality sounds so much more evocative. This seems quite a good discussion on minerality.
Palate – a dry wine, with high acidity, no tannin, a slight gummy grip, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body with a slightly oily texture, with a medium flavour palette of citrus – grapefruit zest, citrus flavoured boiled sweets, a hint of unripe quince beneath and a nutty nuance, like hazelnut. The length is medium (+) with a clean finish with a slight bitterness.
Quality – a wine of good quality, with balanced acidity and alcohol, the pronounced nose tails off to an unexpectedly modest intensity on the palate. A wine of modest complexity, concentration of flavour and length, leading to an assessment of no improvement with further ageing, is ready to drink now, and should be consumed within 1-2 years.