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2015 Chateau De La Roulerie Anjou BlancChenin Blanc from France

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"Philippe Germain doesn't believe in high alcohol for Chenin Blanc, thinking around 13% works best. Manual harvest, picking in tries, facilitates the management of ripeness and...

  • 90 Wine Spectator
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90

"Tightly wound, with vibrant acidity holding the core of anise, star fruit, white peach and yellow apple flavors back for now. The racy finish has good length. Just needs to unfurl a bit in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2022. 3,000 cases made." –JM

Product Description:

"Philippe Germain doesn't believe in high alcohol for Chenin Blanc, thinking around 13% works best. Manual harvest, picking in tries, facilitates the management of ripeness and alcohol, as well as allowing for some fruit to be directed into sweeter Layon cuvées rather than dry Anjou. Philippe has moved away from barriques, however, and now Roulerie whites will be fermented in stainless steel or large wooden vats, without malolactic fermentation which he does not favor. This reflects Philippe's philosophy, stating that he "doesn't use oak for the oak"; he is not looking to mark the wine with the aromas or flavors of wood, as he believes top quality Chenin Blanc simply doesn't need or benefit from the treatment. This wine is vinified in 2 to 4 years old 400 litre casks for 20 days and then aged on the lees for 4 to 6 months with weekly stirring of the lees in barrels with bottling in September. Certified organic." Importer

Product Detail

Item # 97671
Country France
Region Loire
Sub-Region Anjou
Ratings

90 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2015
Color White
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Chenin Blanc
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic and Biodynamic
Taste honeysuckle, quince, melon and cantaloupe
Nose honeydew, iodine, grass, citrus, melon and kiwi