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Domaine des Gauletteries Tradition 2014 Jasnières
Domaine des Gauletteries Tradition 2014 Jasnières
Vintage
2014

Region Jasnières, on the banks of Le Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Dry white
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Aperitif, fish, white meats, cheese
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, but will age 5 to 8 years

Limpid pale gold, with orange glints. What a lovely nose - cut limes and pink grapefruit, with hints of spiced apple, fresh root ginger, orange blossom and classic Loir(e) Chenin wet stone minerality. Along with the citrus notes, there's an enticing whiff of something sweeter, more honeyed, which carries through on the palate and lends a touch of richness to what is otherwise an essentially dry wine - "tendre sec", if you like, with perhaps just a gram or two of residual sugar. It really is an attractive and very more-ish style of wine, chock full of soft citrus and dessert apple flavours, and a tantalising hint of herby/saline savouriness, but with that hint of richness being more than offset by laser-like acidity and earthy minerality. It really is a quite beautifully-crafted wine, and utterly delicious to drink now, though I suspect it will age and evolve for another 5 to 10 years or more.

 

Price:  £12.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gigou Jus de Terre 2013 Jasnières
Domaine Gigou Jus de Terre 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Jasnières, on the banks of Le Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Dry white
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.2%
Food Aperitif, fish, white meats, cheese
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, but will age 5 to 8 years

Medium yellow/gold colour with a slight orange hue. A nose of apple and citrus, with hints of honey and nuts, intense slatey minerality, wet straw and perhaps even the merest suggestion of botrytis - a classic Chenin Blanc nose, full of complexity. There is real ripeness here, but the palate is pretty much bone dry, with citrus and apple fruit flavours countered again by intense minerality and deliciously searing acidity. And that slight hint of botrytis adds a touch of contrariness to the proceedings, whilst the finish is long and tangy. A lovely, classic, old-style Chenin Blanc.

 

Price:  £12.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gigou Clos Saint Jacques 2013 Jasnières
Domaine Gigou Clos Saint Jacques 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Jasnières, on the banks of Le Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Dry white
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.0%
Food Aperitif, fish, white meats, cheese
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, but will age 10 to 20 years or more

Bright, medium-deep orange/gold colour. The nose offers complex white fruit, citrus, honey and floral aromas, with a pronounced herbaceousness and hints of lanolin and emulsion paint. The palate is beautifully clean, tight and focused, almost bone dry, with intense, juicy, lemon, lime and gooseberry fruit and equally intense, steely minerality. It really is a most wonderfully mouth(and eye!)-watering wine, certainly not lacking in ripeness, but made in a traditional, bone-dry style. The faint-hearted may find it somewhat austere, but I find it dangerously drinkable (with or without food), although it certainly has the structure to age for years, if not decades. The more I sip it, the more I love it! Long too. Another brilliant, old-style Chenin Blanc.

 

Price:  £14.30 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gigou Selection Raisins Nobles 2010 Jasnières
Domaine Gigou Selection Raisins Nobles 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Jasnières, on the banks of Le Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Semi-sweet (moelleux) white
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Aperitif, blue cheese, fruit puddings, creme brulée
Next day
Even better - lasts for weeks once opened
Drink Wonderful now, but will age for 20 years or more

A glorious medium-deep amber/gold colour. The nose is equally glorious - classic late-harvest Chenin Blanc aromas of lime oil, bruised apple, raisin and orange peel, accompanied by pronounced wet stone and wet wool notes and subtle hints of preserved root ginger and beeswax. I'm not sure how much botrytis the 2010 vintage enjoyed, but I suspect this is more in the way of passerillé (grapes dried on the vine) because, whilst the texture is rich and gently honeyed, it is tremendously focused and tightly-structured. With a fair amount of residual sugar, the palate falls somewhere between demi-sec and moelleux. Layer upon layer of preserved white fruits, honey, lime oil and mandarin orange coat the tongue, with the oily/honeyed texture offset by a massive layer of stoney minerality and fantastically eye-watering apple/citrus-tinged acidity. The combination of - or perhaps the contrast between - lush, sweet, raisined fruit, mineral tang and elevated acidity really is something to behold, and makes for a wonderfully contrary wine, with a long, lingering, spicy, bitter-sweet finish. An outstandingly brilliant wine, which will probably be even greater in another 10-20 years - and certainly a match for the very best sweet wines of La Loire.

 

Price:  £19.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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