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Chateau de l’Eperonniere Croix Picot Sauennieres 2012


Synopsis, Our Opinion: We called it an oxidized Chenin Blanc with great potential.

Producer/Winery: Mathieu Tijou; Chateau de l’Eperonniere; Rochefort Sur Loire, France.

Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc (Pineau de la Loire).

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Savennières; Loire Valley, France.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $25.00 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Seared salmon with orange-curry sauce, Basmati rice and corn-on-the-cob from the garden..

Tasting:

    Chilled before opening. Clear, dark wheat straw color with a tinge of pink and orange. Slightly sherry like, ripe apple, pear and floral aromas. Oxidized mouthfeel, dry, medium body and a 200-grit texture. Strong flavors of sherry, mineral, apple and apricot with a honey taste in the background. Fresh acidity and a long mineral finish that ended with a robust ripe apple and lemon taste. We thought this wine had lots of promise. When I pulled the cork it was intact and looked fine, but was soft and slid so easily out of the bottle I was concerned. We like Sherry so the oxidation was distracting, but not offensive and we would certainly buy another bottle and hope for a better cork. We called it an oxidized Chenin Blanc with great potential. Watch for an updated review.

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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 11644 01078 8

Imported by: Rosenthal Wine Merchant; New York, New York.