Pale yellow color. Lovely nose of sea salt, crushed chalk, quince and lime. Medium bodied, tangy acid. Dry and mineral-driven, but I like the pulpy tropical notes, like pineapple and kumquat drizzled with honey. Lots of sea salt and chalk dust notes though, along with hints of white tea and mussel shells that come out with time. Even more expressive on day two. Still going strong, still lively, a delicious wine.
Ah, back to France! Though its sensual mid-palate certainly commands attention, delicacy and subtlety predominate in this Savennieres.
A soft yellowish-blond hue, with a nose that recalls ripe winter pears, honey and beeswax. On the palate, a minor tang of chamomile, with a creamy and polished mouthfeel, resolving to a light-but-lingering note of cinnamon on the finish.
Its acid has softened to reveal a tantalizingly refreshing and calming wine. For those who would wish for even more honey and wax, and other possible secondary notes, I suspect this one would continue to age well. We had this alongside baked salmon dressed with dill, and it was a continual delight!
I'll keep half of this for tomorrow when I sear some lamb chops to go with something or other... This will get me ready for dinner. Maybe deglaze the pan if I run out of cognac.... Last bottle, looking forward to a big tasty glass of Loire wonderfulness.
My last and favorite bottle of this wine. All the classic scents of orange peel, beeswax, and wooly funk married to an unctuous, creamy mouthfeel. Much fatter and rounder than your normal-vintage Savennieres, with the acidity taking a clear backseat, but still a wonderful food wine, and like any good Savennieres, a completely sui generis beverage.
Somewhat oily in texture, sweet white fruits, waxy and honey and white flowers. Lots of cut though, brimming with rainwater and wet stone. Very easy drinking and moreish. A bit ripe perhaps but not lacking in energy.
Enjoyed with grilled shrimp and summer salad, and it was wonderful. Same scents and flavors as last time, but I let it warm up a little more and could better appreciate the complexity and interplay of textures and flavors in this bottle.
Drank with blaine and jerusha. Light lemon color. Nose of oatmeal, wax, green melon. Palate is rich and honeyed. Wax, wet stones, lemon peel and melon. A rush of minerals and a flavor that reminds me of school paste. Gorgeous. Could age for another ten years.
Unscrewed the cap and let it breathe for an hour. Light golden with a touch of honey. Granny-smith apple, key-lime pie, river stones, citrus and green melon. Laser focused and very clean. Long, smooth and fine complexity, a Chenin Blanc which is really made for aging in that at over five years of age, this Savennieres delight has a very young yet harmonized aspect. Perfect for most seafood dishes and worth cellaring. Drink now - 2020.
From a half-bottle and drank with grilled trout. My first Savennieres, and I loved it! Petrol and wax and floral notes all came together in a beautifully textured wine that balanced a creamy feel with food-friendly acid. Excellent value.
Typical Chenin nose of yellow apples and wax. The mouthfeel is classic too, somehow more solid than liquid, and yet there's no sense of its being overly large or heavy. The wine is definitely in its in-between stage though; it's not particularly complex right now.
wow. my chin is still sore from the recent insulting slap in the face by kstoddard regarding my opinion on this wine. let's face it, i guess when you have 10,000+ notes, you develop not only a superior palate, but a superior sense of your importance in the wine world, which empowers one to throw their not so little weight around. hey! cut out a milk shake now and then, tubby. but, ironically, i drank another bottle with his wife at the enchantment resort in sedona when he was in europe a couple of weeks ago, and...sensational. the wine was really good, too. who said context can't influence the performance of a wine?
Straw yellow color. Aromas of tropical fruit and petrol. Well balanced with good acidity and freshness. Nice complexity and depth on both the mid palate and finish. 13% alcohol. What a great bargain at $13.99/bottle and by a land slide my personal best QPR of the year. BTW that Nowak guy wouldn't know a good wine if it hit him in the face, Jane on the other hand helps bring up the average :)
by the glass at a restaurant. this is not a memorable year for this wine. surprisingly, jane ordered a second glass and was considerably complimentary. oh, well, she can't be right about everything. odd spice notes and a somewhat bitter flavor. i have to question how long this had been open. i did not taste the second pour. NR
Beautiful, waxy, round, soft, full flavored style with bright honeysuckle and rich flowers. Forward, friendly, easy drinking. Perhaps not as acidic as some would call for from Savennieres, and not the last word in complexity, but this full bodied silky style will also have a lot of fans. A very nice introduction to the region. Awesome value, a wine I could have around the house and drink often for the price. B
Absolutely textbook example of Savennières from color to nose to palate; slightly platinum and straw hues. Nose was expressive with deep minerality, wet stone, warm wax, wool, fig, porcini and chamomile. The palate is dry, rich, round and complex with developed characteristics and beautiful acidity: fig, creme brulee, apple, pear, honey, stone and an underlying minerality as the foundation. I love the consistency, complication of and involvedness of senses that I experience with this wine. An instant classic from the first time I tasted it.
Really intriguing. The wine has picked up a distinct lactic/yogurt note which is quite prominent in both nose and palate. As such, the group lacked consensus...some felt that it detracted from the overall experience, as it seemed to mute the minerality that Savennieres is known for. I thought it (especially with the typical honey/lemon in the wine) made for a much richer example and a wine that was easier to pair with food. Not sure if this is an isolated bottle or just a weird evolutionary thing, but it was certainly worth drinking--and trying again.
Lip smacking. Apples and minerals is a great descriptor, though I get more minerals than apples. Nice, reasonably complex finish. No doubt this will improve over many years. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
This wine SUCKED. While I have heard great things about Baumard, and while I love other Loire wines, and while this wine was really quite expensive for an entry level loire white, it was just awful. I have rarely tasted a wine so out of balance. This wine was so flabby you can't believe it. It had rich texture, tons of feel, nose with some mineral, fruit, hints of anise, but the palate was all flab, no cut, no acidity, where is the balance. For a summer white I can imagine few worse, this was a terrible disappointment.
Nose of mostly quince , some citrus, and minerality. Palate mostly lychee, a hint of melon, lemon, lots of minerality in the middle giving way to awkward note on the end containing a small amount of acidity. Medium bodied and an okay finish. Disappointed in this wine for the price and would not buy again.
Oh yeah. I enjoy this quite a bit better than any Clos du Papillon I've had recently. This had a distinct richness that was amazing. It still contained the crisp acidity and fresh pear fruit and melon, yet held a lemon curd richness and a wonderful mouthfeel. 89+