Domaine Des Forges – Savennières – Le Moulin Du Gué – 2014 – £10.99 Co-op
With the last of the Summer bank holidays upon us, and unusually, the prospect of some sunshine – what better way to indulge then with a glass or two of something special?
The Loire region of France produces some extremely good value wines, none more so than my personal favourite Savennières. This small commune in the Maine et Loire region lies close to the river Loire and is 15km South West of Angers. Sheltered from the storms which often affect the left bank of the river, and with a maritime climate, the right comprises of an unusual terroir of exposed shallow soil, sandstone schist, volcanic rock (rhyolite) and Aeolian sand. Some would say perfect conditions to produce the principle grape of this region Chenin Blanc.
Domaine des Forges – have been making wine in Loire since 1890, Currently Stéphane Brancherau is at the helm, farming in total 47 hectares. The Savennières is small production and has been in development since 1999. Produced using fully ripened hand-picked Chenin, with just a hint of Botrytis, temperature controlled fermentation and ageing on the lees for 11 months with a touch of oak ensures a full bodied and rich style.
To the eye this wine is beautifully golden with an almost ethereal quality, On the nose the bouquet is generous with notes of pineapple and citrus. Just a quick slurp and it’s a symphony of joy, honey, ripe orchard fruits, pineapple, citrus and melon. The finish is long, the balance perfect, a wonderful level of acidity and a complexity which is bordering on outstanding. This Is what Chenin is all about, full and rich with an elegance and character which is difficult to find at this price. Pairing wonderfully with white meats and cheese, or enjoyed lazily on a sunny afternoon… Something for the Weekend?