Richard Leroy Anjou Les Noels de Montbenault 2009

Richard Leroy Anjou Les Noels de Montbenault 2009 Weygandt Wines Price:  

Item:  2146
Crisp and minerally-tasting, with plenty of crunchy apple, citrus and honeydew melon flavors. Finishes with rich notes of honey and spice, with a touch of anise. Drink now through 2015. 583 cases made. - WS 91 points

The Schmid bottling of diverse origins known as 2007 Gruner Veltliner Kremser Weingarten displays saline and alkaline mineral suggestions from the nose on, allied to lime, honeydew melon, and musky, narcissus-like floral perfume. A radish-like bite impinges on the lush melon and lime palate, and a deep note of beet root helps remind one of the grape variety in question. Less pungent than the Pfarrweingarten, this superb value boasts impressive concentration and persistence, and should be worth following for at least 3-4 years. (The successor to last year's outstanding Gruner Veltliner Alte Reben bottling - matured in a mixture of tank and new acacia barrels - was very awkward last June and I shall try to re-taste it this year.) Josef Schmid - son of the eponymous Schmid for whom the winery is named - did not score quite the number of successes this year that had come to my attention from 2006. But visiting with him made clear the passion with which he is pursuing quality, and which is resulting in some excellent values. Nearly all of the 2007s here were rather tight and reductive last summer, so they may well all benefit short term from time in bottle. - WA 90 points