Domaine du Closel Les Caillardières Chenin - Magnificent and age worthy-
A Chenin with a very clear, fresh and deep nose from vines around 30 years old on plots composed of shale and sand. Its aromatic expression evokes yellow stone fruits accompanied by aromas of slate and flint in a powerful crystalline setting. The mouth reveals a dense texture but without heaviness, with an intense and very elegant freshness. The structure is imposing and a great salinity persists on the finish, with lots of mirabelle plum flavors on the retro-olfaction. It is a magnificent wine, very stimulating, capable of aging for a long time.
Savennières does one thing, and it does it very well: Chenin Blanc. Domaine du Closel is a venerable, family-run property now helmed by Evelyne de Pontbriand, who has overseen her estate’s conversion to organic and biodynamic farming, for which they achieved official certification in 2015. The “Les Caillardières” bottling is a single-vineyard wine, sourced from a plot of 35-year-old vines rooted in sand and schist soils. This vineyard is purposefully harvested a little later each year, to create a bottling with a richer texture and even a hint of residual sugar, which the Chenin Blanc variety is uniquely well-suited to manage. The wine is aged in used barrels and offers up a heady mix of saturated quince, apple, and pear fruit balanced by racy acidity and gripping minerality. A luscious, lip-smacking white for richer seafood preparations, cheeses, or spicy Asian fare.