Region: Savennieres, Loire Valley
Ageing Potential: 10+
Perfect with: Baked coral trout or French Brie
You’ll love if you love: Dry, rich white with texture
Why you’ll love it:
There’s no doubt the tiny region of Savennieres now produces some of the most age worthy, dry chenin blancs due to its unique schist, shale and sandy soil composition. Unlike its more famous cousins Vouvray and Sancerre, Savennieres has always been considered a “cerebral wine” that demands contemplation (nicely put by Richard Kelley MW) and is anything but boring. These days the wines being produced from Savennieres are becoming less austere and definitely less metallic - thanks to the introduction of more sustainable farming methods and varied winemaking styles as more and more winemakers from around France have moved into this region.
The Mosse estate has been organically certified since 1999 and have always believed in biodynamic principles. René and Agnes Mosse have worked hard to produce wines that are truly reflective of its terroir with minimal intervention in the winemaking process. The grapes are hand picked and naturally fermented in large, seasoned oak barrels and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation which produces a much more approachable and broad wine even at youth.
Golden yellow in colour, nose is perfumed with white flowers, honeysuckle, acacia, stone fruits and honeycomb notes. Palate is med-full bodied, highly textural, rich and unctuous with lovely natural acidity that lifts the entire wine so it doesn’t feel flabby. Concentrated flavours of peaches, dried apricot, buttery, creaminess on the mid palate with impressive minerality and acidic backbone. Nice long finish. Decant into chilled decanter 1/2hr before drinking.