Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tasting Notes on some Loire Valley Wines

2007 Chateau de l'Aiguillette "Vielles Vignes" Blanc (Muscadet)
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of peach, orange blossoms, white flowers
Palate: Dry, medium body, light acidity (slightly flabby mouthfeel); Pink grapefruit & less than ripe canteloupe
Finish: Short
Quality: Acceptable+  Price: $12

2009 Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc)
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of gooseberry, bell pepper, lemongrass & citrus
Palate: Dry, Light body, medium+ acidity; Grapefruit, minerality, touch of dill
Finish: Long
Quality: Very Good  Price: $21

2005 Domaine Baumard Savennieres (Chenin Blanc)
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of apricot, pear and toasted hazelnuts
Palate: Dry, Medium body, medium+ acidity, round mouthfeel; Pear, minerality, bit of lemondrop candy
Finish: Medium+
Quality: Very Good  Price: $22

2008 Domaine Montfort Demi-Sec Vouvray (Chenin Blanc)
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of composting grass, peach/apricot, bit of canned tuna
Palate: Off-Dry, Medium body, high acidity; Baked pears, lemon, minerality
Finish: Medium
Quality: Good  Price: $16

2006 Le Prieure' Menetou-Salon "Cuvee des Benedictins" (Pinot Noir)
Appearance: Clear, pale ruby color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of cherries and herbal undergrowth
Palate: Dry, Light body, medium acidity and tannins; Dried cherries with a chalky minerality
Finish: Medium
Quality: Good  Price: $20

Domaine Chanteleuserie Bourgeuil (Cabernet Franc)
Appearance: Clear, medium purple color
Nose: Clean, medium aromas of Mint and strawberry
Palate: Dry, Medium- body, medium acidity and tannins; Mint, unripe red fruit, some medicinal cherry flavor
Finish: Medium
Quality: Good  Price: $20