La Ferme de la Sansonniere, Vin de France, 2013
Vineyards are within the Bonnezaux chenin blanc sweet wine appellation, however the vigneron, Marc Angeli, produces dry and off dry-styles, hence the Vin de France label.
Varietal chenin blanc (aka pineau de la loire), biodynamic, uses volcanic sulphur from Mt Etna, Demeter registered, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Yapp Bros, £20
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of apricot, white peach and pear, pineapple skin, stewed pear, spicy, warm honey, a little floral, then cut ripe dessert apple, and after little time a deeper hint of quince.
Palate: an off-dry wine, with high acidity, a low-key grip from maceration on the skins or a short period in neutral oak (no deepening of hue), medium alcohol and a medium body, a smooth texture, of medium intensity, with flavours of ripe conference pear, ripe apricot, stewed orchard fruits, warm honey, beeswax and nutty hints. A medium (+) length with a clean lightly grippy stewed pear infused finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, just off-dry, with fresh acidity balancing the residual sugar and modest alcohol. Quite a complex wine, with an interesting and evolving nose, showing good intensity on the mid-palate and a decent concentration of flavour, and some tertiary development, with spicy, honeyed, waxy and nutty notes, following through to the longish length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to dink now. This wine has the excellent balance and acidity structure, together with concentration of fruit, to develop and improve to deeper, richer notes, over the next 3-5 years.