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Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Clos De l'Echelier Saumur Blanc 2014

Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Clos De l’Echelier Saumur Blanc 2014

Sourced from a small horse-plowed, biodynamically farmed two-hectare site, Clos de L'Echelier is blended from just two oval casks. The vines are seated in Turonian limestone, which gives Saumur Chenin's their characteristic minerality, which this bottle certainly has, though less pronounced than some I've tasted. The nose is endowed with expressive aromas of ripe pear, quince, and honeysuckle. On the palate, orchard fruit and subtle creaminess are bolstered by a singular, lithe and linear burst of acidity, which serves to add both freshness and lift. Domaine des Roches Neuves 9.1 Points...

Château d'Epire Savennières Cuvée Spéciale 2012

Château d’Epire Savennières Cuvée Spéciale 2012

Château d'Epire's Chenin Blanc vines are seated atop the highest hill in the Savennières appellation. There the vines benefit from added sunlight due to a southeasterly orientation, in addition to phtanit-rich soils. The Cuvée Spéciale 2012 offers up permeating aromas of poached apples and pears, white flowers, baked apples, caramel and baking spice. Given the nose, it's quite a leaner than expected on the palate with a racy minerally vein that neatly intersects green apple skins, lime zest and spice. Château d'Epire 9.0 Points...