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Château Pierre-Bise, Savennières, Clos de Coulaine, 2012

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“A slightly oxidative style giving breadth and richness to the aroma. Honeyed and bready rather like mature champagne without the bubbles. Similar on the palate, with some slightly sour green fruits. A very deliberate style that has more flavour than elegance and is not really my favourite approach to this appellation but it has a long, fresh finish. 16.5/20”, Julia Harding, MW on, 10th December 2015

Château Pierre-Bise, Savennières, Clos de Coulaine, 2012

Product Code: CPB612

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Rated 1 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: France
  • Region: Loire Valley
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 14%
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Savennieres is a tiny appellation of just 80 hectares on the north side of the Loire west of Angers, where rocky, south-facing vineyards run down to the river. Low-yielding Chenin Blanc here is usually full-flavoured, dry and powerful: this example is raised in a mix of old barrels and stainless steel tanks.

Pale gold. Fragrance of ripe stored apples. Complex flavours of lime, cream, lanolin and again russet apples. Slightly savoury. Very long. Can easily stand up to chicken dishes, as well as fish, and makes an interesting alternative to white Burgundy. Now-2017

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. The terroir differences and quality hierarchy are always 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 vintages the transition to the new generation will ensure the integrity and quality of these complex and diverse wines.

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