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Château Pierre-Bise, Savennières, Clos de Coulaine, 2010
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Raised in a mix of old barrels and stainless steel tanks. Pale gold with a suggestion of green. Honey and ripe apricot on the nose. Richly textured, lively, with nutty, mildly tropical fruit, yet with a fine mineral thread. Finishes long and clean. Now-2015
Claude Papin is a master of Chenin Blanc in all its guises from bone dry to lusciously sweet. His focus is to produce wines which truly reflect their individual origins alongside their varietal character. This year’s tasting of the successful 2010 vintage was a highlight of the Angers Salon: the terroir differences and quality hierarchy so clearly defined. Claude’s two sons René and Christophe, are taking more responsibility, for the cellar and vineyards respectively, and on the evidence of recent tastings the transition to the new generation will ensure the integrity and quality of these complex and diverse wines.