For the Love of Chenin Blanc

Up until now, I’d forgotten to mention that I am traditionally a red wine drinker. In social settings, I like a nice Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand but, in the comfort of my own home, I’ll bear the wine-stained smile. All that to say, my jaunt into whites had me thinking that I’d be saving the best for last but I’ve had a change of heart and it’s name is Chenin Blanc.

Tonight, I popped open a 2016 Chenin Blanc by Chateau de la Roulerie from the Appellation Anjou Controlée in “Middle Loire”. Another one of my Total Wine picks coming in at $17. Of all the Loire Valley AOCs, I’d have to say that Anjou was the one that I am nearly certain I had yet to try. Queue the anticipation.

Slightly deeper in color compared to the Sauvignon Blancs from the Central Vineyards. The nose and taste aligned with what I would describe as a ripe pear, pastis, and a touch of lemon. This Chenin Blanc was noticeably sweeter than the Sancerre and the Pouilly-Fumé and the acidity was only apparent on the finish. The minerality, for which I am growing an obsession, made an appearance as well. I am adding this one to my list of wines to enjoy on the patio in the summer.

Overall, I rated this wine a 9.2 out of 10.

As they say about a promising stock – buy, buy, buy! Or in this case – try, try, try!


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