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White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Château d'Avrille Coteaux de l'Aubance Tri de Vendanges Beaumont

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This wine has a slightly paler hue, with fresh and lightly volcanic minerally suggestions on the nose. A bright rather than rich style of fruit with citrus tones to the fore despite the slightly richer residual sugar. A fairly convincing sense of fatness to it at the start, with an attractive minerality running through it, giving it a fine, quincy-quartzy character. A good grip here. Smoky and interesting. I really like this. Residual sugar 90-100 g/l, alcohol 12%. 16.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Domaine de Bablut Coteaux de l'Aubance Grandpierre

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
A different style here, with more roasted aromas, suggestions of brioche and toast, moving into a lightly caramelised character. This really sings from the outset, there being a gentle gras on the palate at the very start but there is also an immediate, central, needle-like vein of minerals and acidity intertwined, around which swims the rôti fruit. A wine more in the rich and exuberant style but still with great definition so it retains a classic composition. Delicious. Residual sugar 112 g/l, alcohol 12.6%. 17 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This has a wonderful colour in the glass, showing a lightly burnished yellow-gold hue, but it still seems very bright and fresh. The nose is certainly stunning; it kicks off with aromas of quince, rich and heady and faintly apricotty, so - regardless of what level of cryo-extraction or cryo-selection has been utilised here - this does seem to be showing some traits which I would usually associate with botrytis. This rich and enticing character persists as the wine warms a little in the glass, but is soon joined by the scents of beautifully fresh mango, with suggestions of tangerine zest keeping it fresh, but also deeper notes of praline and almond paste providing depth, richness and opulence. The palate is similarly divine; it is immediately expansive, rich and coating, but this rapid impact is nicely balanced with vibrant citrus and tropical fruit acidity, and then there comes the sudden influx of cream, praline and caramel to match the aromas found on the nose. Despite this the wine remains fresh and bright throughout, grippy and long in the finish. It's an excellent wine. 18.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Wow - I know there is some controversy surrounding the Baumard domaine at present, with particular reference to the Quarts de Chaume appellation, but this is undisputedly an impressive aromatic profile. It has the quincy depth of many a cuvée, with a fine sense of grainy substance, but this intertwines with fresher notes reminiscent of a floral spring meadow, and golden-ripe berries coated with the thinnest and most elegant seam of caramel. Cryo-extracted or not, this is appealing. The palate does not disappoint, showing the same elegantly proportioned sweet and honeyed fruit intertwined with fine acidity and a light mineral seam. This is really very good wine, with a very good mineral crunch on the finish. Delicious. Residual sugar 170 g/l, alcohol 12%. 18.5 points
Red

1980 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Well, well, fancy finding this old friend here in Angers. I don't buy Beaucastel any more, but I continue to enjoy vintages from my cellar, mostly from the 1990s though, so it is fun to look a little further back in time. This has a classic nose, with leather, spice and liquorice tinged with violets and a chalky edge suggesting advancing maturity. A touch of volatility which doesn't detract seems quite appropriate, and there is a certain elegance here. Nevertheless, it has a good backbone and some substance, even if that oyster-shell maturity comes across on the palate as well as the nose. It's hard not to like this one though, all complex yet fresh. 17 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Château Bellerive Quarts de Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Rather a rôti character to the nose of this wine, also a hint of volatility in the style of the fruit. It is very concentrated, very polished in terms of substance, with an almost steely shell on the outer surface which slowly yields through the midpalate allowing the fruit within to blossom, showing honey and apricot-botrytis character. It slowly unfolds, and as it does so the acidity carries forward the richer, more apparent fruit complexities. If anything the acidity seems on the firm side, and the finish is quite crisp despite the evident residual sugar, lending it a rather pithy, grapefruity feel at this point. There is so much promise here. This could age very well indeed; older vintages certainly have. Residual sugar 99 g/l, alcohol 14%. 17 points
Red

2010 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou "La Cerisaie"

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This vintage was bottled during 2011. Darker and more savoury fruit character here. A slightly gamey character to it on the nose, nevertheless underneath this there is an attractive perfume of black cherry fruit. A lovely brightness of flavour on the palate with a stony frame to the wine, but within there is a fairly supple character. There is a trace of reduction here so might not be showing its best. It certainly has a lovely harmony, only threatened by the structure which is rather scratchy but fairly well hidden. 15.5 points
Red

2011 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou "La Cerisaie"

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
In previous vintages I have noted this cuvée to be 100% Cabernet Franc, but in 2011 it is 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, with no Grolleau. Nevertheless, this is not a definitive assemblage. It has beautifully pure and expressive fruit on the nose, with cherries, smoke and dark forest fruits. A gentle polish, although it is quite rich in terms of character. Pure fruit here, a lovely texture, supple, stylish, but with a lick of backbone, dry but substantial. For an entry-level Anjou Rouge this is impressive stuff. (15.5-16.) points
White

2010 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou Les Pierres Girards

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This cuvée is made from 100% Chenin Blanc, with vinification and élevage for one year en fût, using oak aged between two and five years. A more golden hue than Sous la Tonnelle. And despite the age of the wood used you can certainly sense it on the nose. Nevertheless it has quite a good tension to it on the palate, where it is quite grippy, and happily the oak is not very obvious, adding a dry grip rather than overt woody flavour. There is spice and a tannin in the finish but not the golden oak that would ruin it. Very firm and straight through to this point. Good. (15-16) points
White

2011 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou Sous la Tonnelle

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This is currently en cuve, and is due to be bottled on March 18th. Aromatically it has a soft apple-fruit character, lightly bruised perhaps, with a stony edge. It is fresh, perfumed and appealing. It feels a little more tense and upright on the palate than it did a month ago. Rather short in the finish, but there is definitely some energy and appeal here. Overall, gently attractive. (14-15) points
Red

2001 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou-Villages L'Evanescence

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Aromatically this wine has a warm and roasted feel to the fruit, with dark and smoky tones underneath. The palate is dense, glossy, and still full of character. There is also a little evolved note of gamey, dried red fruits which, although subtle, pervades the nose and palate. Texturally it is supple and soft, and I have to admit that burnt element begins to distract somewhat. 15 points
Red

2009 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou-Villages L'Evanescence

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Yves Guégniard's top cuvée, made using 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A dark and certainly ripe style of fruit here, showing a rich but also a bright berry character. The fruit is really attractive on the palate, deep but with substance and savoury appeal. This has an impressive composition, a wine of youthful austerity but with lots of breadth to it, with ripe and dry tannins and bright acids keeping it fresh. Dark and not just sweet, savoury and multifaceted too. This has huge potential. 18 points
Red

2009 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou-Villages Le Chant du Bois

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
A blend of approximately 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Again, like the Cerisaie cuvée just tasted, there is a slightly reduced character on the nose here, giving the wine a light note of rubbery mercaptans, but underneath that you get some gamey, dark fruits. As it warms up it reveals a supple texture, but underneath there is a firm tannic backbone. Firmly structured on the palate, a slightly more open fruit character here. An attractive wine with tannins that will need some time to resolve. 15.5 points
Red

2010 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou-Villages Le Chant du Bois

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This wine has some delightful smoky-minerally edges, which provide a fine contrast to the vibrant fruit. This has some really lovely appeal. Rather a blackcurrant style to the fruit, with an intense, pastille-like sweetness which suggests a greater percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage. I find the same character on the palate, very pretty but little in the way of other character. Underneath, I find a steely grip, quite a rich core of tannins, and good acidity. Overall, an attractive wine. 16 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Domaine de la Bergerie Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Bottled in November 2011. I find that same oxidative, softly-baked apple note here that I recall finding in this wine when I tasted it earlier this year. It is swirled with notes of warm honey, nut and gingerbread characters too. Although it doesn't have the minerally precision I look for in Chaume, Quarts de Chaume or Bonnezeaux, I can't deny that it has a delicious style. Very fleshy on the palate but there are structural elements here too. Sweet and broad. A lovely, very 'real', organic character to this. It makes me think of butterflies and spring meadows for some reason, although the aromas are far richer than that. 16.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Domaine de la Bergerie Coteaux du Layon Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Rather a rich and buttery brioche style on the nose here, with fresher elements suggestive of herbal tea and quince, all very pure and with a fine elegance but also a good concentration to it. The palate is full, concentrated and very broad, but with finely polished edges. There is also a very punchy acidity running through the wine with a citrus-like confidence and a light sprinkling of minerality. It is attractive and seems very harmonious, elegant and well formed, and is moderately long in the finish. I suspect this will age very well. Residual sugar 164 g/l, alcohol 12.5%. 17 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Domaine de la Bergerie Coteaux du Layon Le Clos de la Bergerie

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Bottled in September 2011. This cuvée is sourced from the vines around the domaine. The aromas here are redolent of honey and minerals, are very expressive, rich, and very convincing. There is moderate concentration and a gentle residual sugar in evidence on the palate, rather more restrained than I expected to be honest. This is soft and supple, with some rather low-key structural elements. Impressive for this level of wine though. 15.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Domaine de la Bergerie Coteaux du Layon Rablay Clos de la Girardiere

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Bottled in September 2011. This is more minerally and chalky than fruit-driven on the nose. A floral character, with some citrus fruits. An impressive texture though, not betrayed by those restrained aromatics. It is soft, polished, bright and sweet, with a gritty beeswax character that gives a real sense of substance. There is lovely depth and fibre to this; it is hiding its light behind a bushel right now but it will be lovely given time. A delicious and convincing wine with fine potential. 16.5 points
White - Sparkling

NV Domaine de la Bergerie Crémant de Loire Les Pierres Girards

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This cuvée is dominate by Chenin Blanc at 75%, with Chardonnay standing at 25%. It is 100% from the 2009 vintage, with no reserve wines included at all. The residual sugar is somewhere between 3 and 4 g/l. Aromatically, it has that papery-fruit character that comes with youthful Chenin Blanc. Unsurprisingly therefore it is light, chalky and rather lean on the palate. Gently attractive, overall an admirable, unprepossessing style. 14 points
Rosť - Sparkling

NV Domaine de la Bergerie Crémant de Loire Préambule Rosé

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
A very different blend here, this being 50% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the remaining 50% Grolleau. Again, it is 100% sourced from the 2009 vintage, with no reserve wines. A gentle pink hue in the glass. Stony character on the nose, with a lovely texture on the palate, with flavours featuring strawberry and cherry fruit, with a supple flesh underneath. Certainly an attractive fruit character here, expressive but with savoury vigour and grip to it as well. I like this - a very attractive wine. 16.5 points
Rosť - Sparkling

NV Domaine de la Bergerie Crémant de Loire Préambule Rosé

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
A second bite at this wine within the space of a few hours, here as a relaxing apéro prior to dinner. Just as convincing as my more clinical taste earlier today. A lovely hue, fresh fruit nose, and a very relaxed palate with an attractive texture, gentle mousse and crisp, finely honed acidity. Very good. 16.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2002 Domaine de la Bergerie Quarts de Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This wine has a very elegant nose, rich and yet honeyed, but also fresh, and well defined. A similarly pure and polished style on the palate, very imposing, but with an enticing, rich and heady character. Quite grippy too. Overall, impressive stuff. 17.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Domaine de la Bergerie Quarts de Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
A real step up on the nose again, with some quincy golden fruits, and a great depth to it. A rather solid, fresh, crunchy definition to it as well though, giving the rich aromatic profile a good frame. The palate has a very relaxed start at first, with the lightly golden fruits carrying in notes of currants and spiced breads, with a slowly revealed acid core, and also a thin seam of coating minerals. This has a very elegant style, and overall this is a wine which should evolve in a very desirable manner. Very good indeed. Residual sugar 217 g/l, alcohol 11%. 18.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2009 Domaine de la Bergerie Quarts de Chaume

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
Bottled in November 2011 following a very slow fermentation. This is tense and yet sweet, with a very polished aromatic profile. There are notes of spiced bread here, coated with golden honey. It has the same fine polish on the palate, which is broad and yet very pure in terms of style. Very nicely rounded off at the edges, with a gentle but adequate acidity nicely hidden by the texture and weight of the wine. Lots of good concentration here, great substance, with also vigour and energy aplenty. A delicious and convincing wine. 18 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Domaine de la Bergerie Quarts de Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
February 2012
This is still mid-ferment, as indicated by the cloudy nature of this rich, golden, sweetly aromatic wine, full of primary Chenin Blanc fruit. Its youthful nature comes through in the apple and pear fruit, and there are obviously yeasty ferment elements here as well. A beautiful weight to it on the palate. Obviously its true character is obscured right now by the gentle pétillance of the ongoing fermentation but there is a deliciously appealing, firm structure and minerality here. This is a wine with great potential. (18-19) points
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