Why is Chenin Blanc such a popular variety among wine geeks these days?
A major reason is its versatility: it's great in both dry and sweet wines, and as a sparkling wine. It's also an outstanding vehicle for terroir in the hands of a talented winemaker.
Luckily, we have plenty of those in our Loire Valley portfolio, and we've decided to showcase their deft touch with Chenin Blanc at a special Thursday evening tasting!
Thursday's tasting offers a great chance to taste the full range of Chenin Blanc expressions.
Depending on the producer and the process, the grape offers a collage of unique flavors—from passion fruit and apple on the less-ripe end of the spectrum to pear and peach on the riper end.
And with its high acidity and an inherent concentration, Chenin Blanc displays aromas and flavors that accent a wide range of cuisine, from light seafood dishes, to spicer Mediterranean fare, to poultry and even veal.
On Thursday, we'll spotlight 4 wines from the French region that does Chenin Blanc best—the Loire Valley—with wines from three masters of the variety:
We'll start with 2 wines (including a lovely sparkling cuvée) from Marc Plouzeau, a name regular customers will recognize as a sure source for beautifully balanced, approachable, and terroir-expressive wines from the central Loire village of Chinon.
We'll also feature an incredibly complex Savennieres from talented Anjou winemaker Eric Morgat, who created his own domaine in 1995 at the age of 25 in the Savennieres appellation, and a sweet Coteaux du Layon from Xavier Cailleau of 700-year-old estate Chateau de Bois-Brincon.