On day one the wine was hard to drink. I thought at first it was corked and came close to tossing to down the drain. But wines from this region can show weird bottle funk, and so I put it into the fridge overnight. Next day the wine is fine and free of the funk. The aromatics are mostly about flint and stone, but they are pretty. and there is some honey and wool in there too. The wine drinks like a demi-sec from Montlouis or Vouvray, but without the same level of complexity as one of the great examples from those places. Very nice wine, but if cellar space is at a premium it's not clear to me why this wine, and not Huet or something like that.
Nose is nice with slightly wooly and waxy honeyed fruit, much akin to Chenin. Not terribly complex, but lovely. The palate however is surprisingly disjointed. The acidity is screaming and there isn't the body or the depth of material to balance the wine. I loved this wine years ago. Hopefully I caught in in an awkward stage.
Started out waxy and almost rieslingesque. Needed just a bit of time to stretch its legs. Golden and brassy but nothing here that's either literally sweet or figuratively so (honeyed, etc.). Straddles the line between pure chenin-like fruit and something a bit more fat and gushing - and manages to have the deeper tones that come with some development while still coming across vibrant and luminous.
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(François Cazin (Le Petit Chambord) Cour-Cheverny Vendanges Manuelles Cuvée Renaissance) Light golden yellow color; lanolin, petrol and beeswax nose; tangy, solid, tart lime, tart green melon, quince and mineral palate, with good cut, medium-plus acidity; medium finish 93+ pts.