Chateau de la Roulerie, AOC/AOP Coteaux de Layon, Loire, France, 2014
Schist and sandstone soils on south-facing slopes above the River Layon, which flows north into the Loire; varietal chenin blanc, natural cork closure, 11% abv, 500ml, Costco, £7.20
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas, some from botrytis, of honeyed spice, over-ripe quince, pineapple skin, anise, warm hay, dried apricot and yellow peach, brioche, light orange marmalade, nuts and wax.
Palate: a medium sweet wine, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, a low-key grip and a velvety almost oily texture, medium (+) intensity, with rich flavours of tinned pear, warm hay, ripe quince, dried stone fruit, and a nutty almond-like note. A long length with a clean hay-quince finish with a very light grip.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with well-balanced acidity with intensity of flavour and residual sugar leaving a clean palate; well-integrated not new or large oak shows in the low-key grip, adding to the complexity, with decent flavour concentration with tertiary evolution of nuts and dried fruit notes, following into the persistent length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: can drink now, but has potential for ageing. Seems fairly well advanced already, with room for development over 2-3 years to develop deeper honeyed dried fruit and nutty nuances.