Wednesday, April 7, 2010

TN: Chinon Blanc that's Chenin Blanc

Say it five times fast: Chinon Blanc is Chenin Blanc. They grow mostly Cab Franc in Chinon, but it turns out that the folks at Couly-Dutheil can make a pretty mean Chenin Blanc, too.

  • 2008 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Les Chanteaux - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon
    Excellent! Lychee, apple and a touch of honey on the nose. Lychee is a bit obscure, but it smells just like those dried lychees I sometimes find at Trader Joe's. Good body, but also zingy and fresh. Seriously long finish, first driven by white stone fruit, then developing minerality. Rubber cork, so drink now. It's too good to wait on anyway.

  • Jeff at Viva La Wino has also tasted this wine. And of course see The Wine Doctor for detailed notes on this producer.

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