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Savennières is a small, relatively well-known Loire Valley region producing wines made from the chenin blanc grape.
They are not conventionally fruity, and benefit from extensive aging.
Savennieres often have smells like white truffles and animal notes, even when young. They can last for a tremendous amount of time, and some people mistake the evolved aromas after 10-20 years with oxidization, but I have yet to taste an oxidised chenin blanc, since the amount and type of acidity (many g/l and tartaric) preserve the fruit in a much more effective way than e.g. chardonnay.