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Forges, Anjou Blanc, L'Audace, 2022

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Forges, Anjou Blanc, L'Audace, 2022

This is a wine from a humble appellation but ambitiously crafted: the vineyard is managed for low yields and quality, with short pruning, debudding, a thinning of the harvest and canopy management to expose the bunches to the sun - and then the... Read More

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Forges, Anjou Blanc, L'Audace, 2022

ColourWhite

RegionLoire

GrowerDomaine des Forges

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc

Vintage2022

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeFOR422

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

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Chenin Blanc

Origins

  • Anjou in the Loire, where documented in the 9thC
  • Also known as Pineau in the Loire, Steen in South Africa

Characteristics   

  • Naturally productive and high yielding
  • Huge range of styles:  bone dry (e.g. Savennières); off-dry (e.g. old fashioned South African "Steen"); medium dry (e.g....
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Forges, Anjou Blanc, L'Audace, 2022

This is a wine from a humble appellation but ambitiously crafted: the vineyard is managed for low yields and quality, with short pruning, debudding, a thinning of the harvest and canopy management to expose the bunches to the sun - and then the grapes are picked at perfect ripeness in several passages through the vines. It's also 100% Chenin (when most Anjou Blanc includes up to 20% Chardonnay or Sauvignon), barrel-fermented and inspiringly full flavoured. Heady nose of orange blossom, honeysuckle and ripe apple. The palate is dry but substantive with long lingering green and stone fruits. The oak gives it some heft and creaminess too. There is a lot of wine here at this price. Now-2025

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