I realize that I held on to this longer than most, and this wine is fine right now, but I expected more. Good Chenin flavors and acidity, but the depth was just not where I had hoped it would be. Good to Very Good. thedrunkencyclist.com
Rich gold/yellow color. Nose of quartz, salty candied lemon. Baked apple and chicken broth flavors, and more salty minerals. Medium finish, good acidity. Interesting and different. I've had this wine from two different vintages, both with no less than 8-9 years on them, and found them both a lot of fun.
The wine looks yellow gold colored. The legs are fast. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like cut green grass and eucalyptus. The body is light/medium. The wine has round texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.
added later: truffles not eucalyptus and some petral
served with appetizer at selkirk manor. celebrating keith and jean's 50th wedding anniversary. at the table were myself, pat, keith, jean, sandy and martin. this is my first experience with wine from this appellation. paired with seafood medley consisting of lobster, shrimp and caviar on a bed of homemade coleslaw. a perfect pairing. initially shy on the nose but opens as it is exposed to air and comes closer to castle temperature. some find a hint of sweetness but for me it is basically made in a dry style. lots of lemon, mineral, sea breeze and calcium. will look for this again.
This is the first Savennières that I have had in a while—classic Chenin nose of lemon, a bit of minerality, and a little funk (in a good way). On the palate it lacked a little depth, but still reminded me that I need to drink more Chenin. Very Good. thedrunkencyclist
100% Chenin Blanc. Had the 2002 vintage of this wine and liked it slightly better than this vintage. 2004 was an average to good vintage in the Loire Valley. Found this on sale for $3 per bottle and bought 9. Normally $20. Tart with solid acidity. Notes of lemon zest and minerals with a hint of sea salt. Paired this with a cheddar potato and bacon soup and it worked well. 89 points.
This wine is not about fruit at all at the moment. It's got wet wool on the nose, primarily, and the palate is all about zesty acidity and a firm stoniness. This won't be for everyone, of course, but this vintage has come into its own. And it will probably still develop for years.
This is really hitting its stride at age 7; classic waxy, wooly, appley, minerally, funky, bone dry chenin-y goodness! Savennieres is easily one of the most consistently interesting appelations on the planet.
Man. Crazy nose of lychee, lemon curd, cinnamon, and truffle oil...really funky in a good way. The taste is equally funky with candle wax, lemonade, and apple juice. The finish has decent punch and acidity with a buttery overtone. This is a pretty cool wine, if you like non-conventional wines that display their terroir well. I, in fact, do.
This wine has fleshed out on both the nose and the palate. It appears to be coming into its own with some hay and funk to complement the ripe apple and citrus aromas. Medium plus weight and very solid-feeling in the mouth, that stony texture so characteristic of Savennieres. Very persistent. Drinking well. Somewhat surprisingly to me, the screwcap does not seem to be inhibiting the aging here, nor contributing to reduction.
This wine is all about the minerality wrapped around dried apricots. Seemed slightly oxidized but it was a very interesting wine. Paired better with cashews than with a pan roasted chicken, veggie pasta dish.
6/12/09: screwcap. Very light color, nose suggested reduction. Palate the first night was incredibly dry and not giving up much, but was enjoyable with food. Second day and the acidity is slightly more pronounced, making this racy and more refreshing. The fruit is now more present as well, creamy apple/pear/citrus, with some bitterness on finish. Much nicer on second day and now a rebuy.
This has picked up body and texture in the last year. There are some oxidative notes when it is first poured, but as it gets some air and warms in the glass, these recede to reveal a waxiness with fruit behind, very typical of Baumard, in my experience. The palate is now fairly full and has a solid, stony texture, remaining fresh without becoming tangy. A slight absence of grip and persistence on the finish betrays the vintage's lack of depth, but this was nevertheless an enjoyable bottle.
W.I.N.O. Holiday Wine Tasting (Wine Institute New Orleans): A very interesting wine - kiwi and passion fruit, and some oily viscosity on the mouthfeel. Not for everyone, but worth a try if you can get it at a tasting, as it's very different from other wines that one might think were similar to it at first glance.
A light straw colored wine that shows some oxidized notes of old apple, crushed white flowers and a cheesy, almost leesy note too. Light in body, but sharp with acidity, this is a firm, tough style that's frankly difficult to appreciate. Like another user, when tasting this blind, I guessed Loire Muscadet.
A bit of citrus, plenty of minerals, and a little extra something else that Anne thought smelled of sweat socks - I thought the aroma was a little oily for sweat socks, and in fact, on the second day, was more like wax fruit. Interesting, but not for everyone, and I am not so sure it is for me.
I like Savennieres - think it's one of the most distinctive whites out there. This one: Moderate nose, lemon verbena, wet stones and herbs. On the palate - bang, acidity hits you but also some nice citrus and a great sensation of minerality. Saved part of the bottle overnight... ...edited to add day 2 impressions: wow, the nose developed a real funk redolent of soft, ripe cheese and the wet stones morphed to wet concrete. The palate stayed pretty consistent, though perhaps the acidity moderated a little and the minerality became more prominent.
Nose: Very linear lime/citric nose with some mineral and a hint of gym locker room that, thankfully, blew off with time. Palate: Laser-like acidity, crisp and bone dry with some mineral hints on the finish. The finish is somewhat lengthy given the lean, angular nature of the wine. This wine screams shellfish and although not a very good wine still has some appealing attributes.
young and frisky! lots of lemon, buttery hay, pears, honey and a beautiful sweet floral note. nicely acidic in the mouth with lots of hay and fruit. very long, chamomile finish. needs time to integrate but fantastic value.
I had hoped all the negative reviews here were wrong. They weren't. In fact, I liked this even less than they did. As others have said, it's stinky -- almost cheesy -- on the nose, with a tinny note there somewhere, too. There's some decent guava or something on the palate, but it's too chalky, acidic, and out of balance in the mouth to be enjoyable. It's such a disjointed wine that I couldn't force myself to finish a full glass. And I can drink almost anything, so that's saying something.
Very light straw gold color. Good acidity and minerality with a medium light body. Nice finish with fruit and mineral elements in balance. If you are expecting an aperitif, look elsewhere. If you need a nice crisp bottle of white wine with a meal, this is perfect.
Tasted April 25, 2008. No formal tasting note. Purchased from the list at Blackbird's in Chicago. Light yellow, almost straw color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Light nose of grapefruit and lime that carries through to the palate. Acidity is a little off. Drink now.
13% alcohol. very light pale gold color. funky nose... sour cabbage... sauerkraut!... aromas of nuts, almond bitters, minerals and vitamins, rusty iron notes, , herbs - thyme and oregano, tea, hints of dried hard cheese or even cured meat, a little green apple and cider, and even grass notes. bone dry and lacking any real fruit. odd sour veggie nutty taste... weird and not really my style at all. (it was great cooked in shrimp scampi though).
Dinner and wine (Chicago): Popped and poured. Shy on the nose, but there was some good Savennieres minerality with a citrus fruit background. Light on the palate and crisp, which is of course not a problem per se, but it does not have the authority of the '02, for example. Nevertheless, the telltale stony mouthfeel is there distinctly. This is a quiet wine right now and is not going to jump out and impress. I've seen Savennieres pick up a lot of depth with decanting or a day open before, and it would have been interesting to see if this benefited from some air.
SFwine double-blind tasting (Dave's pad, San Francisco): Lightest color in this flight. Stinky nose, this wine seems just clobbered with sulfur. Light citric fruit, good acidity, mineral, dry. I guessed Loire Muscadet. Was told later that the sulfur blew off after an hour or two. (Tasted blind)