La Cave d’Augustin Florent, AOC Coteaux de Layon, Loire-Anjou, France, 2012
Varietal chenin blanc, coated natural cork closure, 11.5% abv, about €7 in France.
Coteaux de Layon wines can show more ripeness than the sweet wines of Vouvray and Montloius, manifest as more body and sweetness and lower acidity, factors related to a more optimum exposure and increased slope gradient.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – Clear and bright, of medium intensity gold and showing tears.
Nose – Clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of acacia, honey and fresh mown hay.
Palate – Medium sweet, with medium (+) acidity, and a slightly gummy grip; medium (-) alcohol, with a medium body, and medium intensity flavours of honeyed quince, ripe stone fruit – apricot and warm hay. A medium (+) length with a fresh clean finish.
Quality – A wine of good quality, with a balance between the high acidity and alcohol plus residual sugar, which are harmonious with the intensity of flavour. A wine that has some development with notes of honey and hay, with modest intensity, complexity and length. This wine will keep and develop for a further 2-3 years.