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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 7 
TypeWhite - Off-dry
ProducerFrançois Cazin (Le Petit Chambord)
DesignationVendanges Manuelles Cuvée Renaissance
RegionLoire Valley
SubRegionUpper Loire

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2022 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 38 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Pknut on 9/5/2014: Can't really top Seth's comment below ("Like Riesling and Chenin had sex in an acid bath. Stupid good."). This was indeed stupid good. Much paler color than one would expect in an 18 year old white, this looked more like the '08 and '10 Chablis I've been drinking. On my first sip, the first word that came to mind was "electric". This was young and fresh and positively vibrant. The hit of honey on the palate perhaps evidenced its age, but otherwise nothing here was aged apart from a wonderful integration on the palate (agree again with Seth that the acidity "is more integrated than crisp") and a smooth, supple texture. Plenty of white fruit. Every sip was delicious. At Rose Water in Park Slope. (671 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 2/14/2014: Delicious, complex, satisfying. (902 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 9/10/2013 & rated 96 points: Floral nose with sugar, honey, green apple - very perfumed. Near perfect palate of honey, green apple, grapes, flowers with great balance and acid and a sweet, lively and burning finish. It's hard to put into words the quality of the palate, the acid is more integrated than 'crisp' - there is some alloy of the flowers, honey and acid that is unlike anything I have had before. Like Riesling and Chenin had sex in an acid bath. Stupid good. Probably my WOTN. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5-6/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5-18.5/20. (1447 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 8/25/2013: Much fleshier than the last few bottles, with beautiful integration, this was spectacular and still young. I'm not sure if it was just this bottle, or if they have turned a corner. Time for some research. (1150 views)
 Tasted by salil on 7/16/2013 & rated 94 points: Dinner at Amali (Amali, NYC): An incredibly compelling, thrilling, and versatile wine. Served a bit cold at first, it's all about a razor sharp acid spine beneath fresh quince and citrus fruit flavours; as it warms up it shows more floral, mineral and Chenin-like wooly elements on the nose with more sweetness noticeable that makes it a great pairing with the spicy asparagus, and revisiting at the end of the night when it's a bit warmer, it shows its sweetness and fruit more prominently, but never loses that razor sharp edge to the flavours. (1715 views)
 Tasted by BradKNYC on 3/20/2013: New Yorkers welcome Morgan Clendenen to town with wine and ducks. (Peking Duck House- Midtown): Still full of awesome and consistently one of my favorite white wines. This bottle initially showed a bit truncated on the back end from the get go, but it filled in and grew with air, thus providing another terrific showing. Everybody's there, the quince, the raspberry, the citrus, the minerals and florals, the vivid acidity balancing out the light sweetness. I seriously need an unending tap of this wine. A. (1523 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 1/12/2013 & rated 94 points: Saturday with David White (Domaine Wine Storage & Sun Wah - Chicago, IL): Show stopper. Beautiful wine that has a beautiful sweetness to it with a wonderful vein of acid under it all. Zippy apricot, truffle, florals and white florals. Great composition, verve, and sweetness. Dazzling shit. (1698 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 1/12/2013 & rated 92 points: David White comes to town (Domaine Wine Storage and Sun-Wah BBQ, Chicago IL): Nose: Beautiful and flowing nose with refined tones of lanolin, white fruits, white peaches, and some acacia flowers as well. There is very good depth with a real sense of class too.

Taste: Medium bodied with crisp medium+ acidity that provides a real nice spine. This is extremely balanced with silky tones of lanolin, white fruits, white peaches, along some bits of apricots and acacia flowers.

Overall: I didn't get a chance to spend much time with this, but what I did have was extremely pretty. I would love to have another shot with this wine and spend more time with it. (1358 views)
 Tasted by BradKNYC on 7/11/2012: A birthday dinner for Suzanne at Christine's. (Christine's.): Another brilliant showing and a better bottle than one had over Memorial Day weekend at Jay Miller's place. It's a bit of a broken record at this point, but what makes this wine so terrific is the vitality and vigor it shows and the snappy acidity that balances out the light sweetness. The usual characters are there, quince, mineral and raspberry fruit, though it took some time to coax the red fruits out. Consistently superb and moving along slowly on the space-time continuum. Plenty of life here. I recall Dressner telling me how great the '59 and '76 were, so as delicious as it is now, it's still a pup. A. (1991 views)
 Tasted by BradKNYC on 9/3/2011: TN: Labor Day weekend at my place. (My place.): Chris brought this bottle and I considered myself very fortunate indeed to have had this twice in the past week. This bottle is a bit more closed up than the one tasted on 8/25. Plenty of red fruit and quince character with the acidity a bit more pronounced in this bottle because the fruit was a little less exuberant. Still, brilliant stuff. A-. (2167 views)
 Tasted by BradKNYC on 8/25/2011: TN: Lunch with John Tomasso. Fevre, Cazin, Donnhoff, de Forville & Allemand with duck. (Peking Duck House- Midtown): Showing like gangbusters. Just stunning stuff. Great depth and length with demi-sec sweetness, but balanced perfectly by riveting acidity. The usual quince, yellow citrus, mineral and raspberry profile is there and singing in perfect harmony, but with gusto. Still extremely fresh on the palate with this bottle showing no petrol notes. This stuff literally makes me giggle with glee and continues to be one of my favorite white wines of all time. A. (1948 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 5/30/2011: On opening, at cellar temp, it finished a little short. After cooling it down a little, it's back on form: a little deeper gold than the last time, beautiful aromatics, nice acids, a bit tamer than last I tried it. I'd say it's in its prime. (1722 views)
 Tasted by Brian Kennedy on 1/15/2011 & rated 91 points: Very interesting wine, with high levels of sweetness and acidity on the palate. Slight petrol on the nose, as well as honey, pineapple, apricot and botrytis. Medium to deep golden color. Nice long finish, unusually refreshing for such a sweet wine. (2074 views)
 Tasted by marc d on 6/30/2010: This had a touch of petrol on first opening, then mineral, stone fruit, superb balance of tart acidity with the sugar.
Comes off quite dry and tangy. Excellent, lots of life left. (2179 views)
 Tasted by Kirk Grant on 6/16/2010 & rated 91 points: Portland...a new friend visits (Portland): Color: golden yellow

Smell: honey, botrytis, and poached pears

Taste: honey, nectarine, apricot, and a hint of citrus.

Overall: A very young tasting wine that was quite a treat. I would not have thought this to be more than 5-7 years old. A wonderful end to the night... (2725 views)
 Tasted by marc d on 5/28/2010: Lemon head acids, pixie dust, grapefruit. Fabulous, and still really young. (2215 views)
 Tasted by gwkozar on 5/9/2010 & rated 91 points: well chilled to start. Mid- to lightweight. great yellow color. still fresh. slight sweeness is in background. One of favorites of everyone's for the night. finished bottle on second night: acidity disappeared, leaving sweeness unbalanced. (2282 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 1/25/2010: Yep, still good. Not as sweet as it was, but still a pleasure with tons of life left. (2578 views)
 Tasted by BradKNYC on 1/25/2010: Vivid wines at Don's. (Don's): An old friend that keeps getting better. Benchmark Cour-Cheverny alert! Unless you try something like the ’59 Cazin, which, unfortunately, I haven’t had the pleasure to experience, though I hear it’s wonderful, imo, there is no better Cour-Cheverny than this one. This wine is 10,000 volts of electricity. Youthful and awfully flamboyant. The usual quince, yellow citrus, mineral and raspberry character is there with the razor-like acidity keeping the demi-sec sweetness in check. I just love this stuff. Solid A. (2721 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 11/26/2009 & rated 92 points: Thanksgiving Wine Dinner at Sandy's (Chez Sandy, San Jose, California): Bright light medium gold color; floral, tart apple, ripe peach, apricot, almond nose; good tart apricot nectar, baked apple, tangy, tart peach, mineral palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (2791 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 7/20/2009: I served this too cold and it seemed a little tired, but, as it warmed, it freshened up nicely. Showing some development, in a spicy, twangy sort of way, it still has miles to go. Great stuff. (2738 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 1/10/2009: Yep, it's good. This bottle showed quite a bit drier and spicier than the last. (2754 views)
 Tasted by brooklynguy on 11/18/2008 & rated 92 points: Chenin Blanc Wine Dinner Chez Brooklynguy: Our Romorantin interloper, and the wine of the night. Put on some weight since the last time I drank this. Outclassed its neighbors and that's saying something. Mature and regal nose of ripe fruit with some interesting petrol and earthy notes. Broad and rich, and elegant too, very enticing. The palate was perfectly balanced with great depth of fruit and a great vein of acidity, and there was real viscosity here that I didn't find last time - this is dense without being heavy, long without being ponderous, just elegant and deep wine. My commitment to cellar the newer vintages is renewed... (3185 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 9/22/2008: I took this to Richard Chen. The petrol notes are stronger as is the eventual sweetness and acidity, all of which pleased me and left others put off. The words petrol did not do much to induce others to drink, but I was quite taken. I would buy this wine again in a heartbeat and would love to try other vintages. (2702 views)
 Tasted by burningstarIV on 3/12/2008 & rated 92 points: 50+4+13+17+8=92 (3076 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/26/2009)
(François Cazin (Le Petit Chambord) Cour-Cheverny Vendanges Manuelles Cuvée Renaissance) Bright light medium gold color; floral, tart apple, ripe peach, apricot, almond nose; good tart apricot nectar, baked apple, tangy, tart peach, mineral palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.  92 points
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The Romorantin variety has been grown in the Loire Valley since the reign of King Francis I in the sixteenth century. Wines made with this variety are often described as having a mineral flavor, and are crisply acidic. DNA printing revealed that Romorantin (like Chardonnay and Aligote) stems from a cross of Gouais Blanc (a Croatian grape) and Pinot. Romorantin is grown exclusively in the Cour-Cheverny appellation outside of Tours, and while most of the vines were pulled to make way for more popular varieties, limited amounts of the grape are still in production and are being preserved.


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