Domaine Closel, Savennieres Jalouise, Absolutely lovely.
"Produced from some of the domaine's young vines, this wine is soft, ripe and full of baked-apple and spice flavors. It is rich while still having plenty of young freshness. The wine needs no aging and its beautiful balance makes it very ready to drink." - Roger Voss
"Light golden. Beautiful aromas of honeysuckle, spring herbs, bright citrus, and a hint of talc on the nose. Zesty acidity, lots of juicy grapefruit and lime, white pepper, and a saline finish. Fresh and lovely."
100% Chenin Blanc. La Jalousie is a blend of several parcels of younger (20-year-old) vines planted in schistous soils on gentle hills. Like the rest of the Closel vines, they are biodynamically farmed, low-yielding and harvested by hand. They are the first of the estate to be harvested, when the grapes are pale yellow, crisp and totally healthy. The bunches are direct-pressed, then fermented with native yeasts and a small amount of sulfur in tank. The wine is tank-aged on its lees, without any exposure to air, for 9 months before bottling. Normally, Jalousie doesn't go through malo but in the warm 2018 vintage, it did so. Jalousie is intended to be a modern rendition of Savennières: approachable and fresh in its youth, as a result of not being over-ripened, botrytis-influenced or long- or wood-aged. 13.5%abv