Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wine of the Week - Domaine Laffourcade Savennières

One of the most versatile white grape varietals is none other than Chenin Blanc. This grape is used to make a variety of wine styles, from steely whites, to rich sweet dessert wines, and even fresh sparkling wines. Chenin Blanc is know as a carrier of terroir because it is greatly influenced by the region in which it is grown. Located in Loire Valley, Laffourcade's Savennières is medium bodied dry wine with a floral and melony character, with hints of honeysuckle and beeswax. This Savennieres possesses crisp acidity, penetrating flavors, and a dry, heady, mineral-laced finish. A beautiful wine! 

In 1970, Pascal Laffourcade launched an ambitious project. Already a mainstay in the tiny and prestigious appellation of Quarts de Chaume, he decided to create wines from the two other most sought-after Chenin crus of the Anjou region: Bonnezeaux and Savennières. Laffourcade acquired his Bonnezeaux property, Chateau Perray Jouannet shortly thereafter and added the eponymous Savennières vignoble in 1988. Vignobles Laffourcade, the final prong of the Laffourcade triumvirate, is seated right on the banks of the Loire River, and almost at the city limit of Angers. This property is the largest of the three, encompassing close to 100 hectares under vine. Clos de la Royauté, Pascale’s single vineyard Savennières site, comprises only 5 of these hectares.

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