From: Loire Valley, France
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Tasting Notes: Tasting commentary by Manuel Peyrondet, MOF and Best Sommelier of France: "This superb plot which plunges down towards the Layon and brings to light alterations of schist. The layer of clay on the surface gives Chenin the body and the texture that gives the whole a remarkable tactile smoothness. Fermented in 500-liter demi-muids, it takes on a few nutty notes, which Burgundy lovers will appreciate. In the finish, this big Chenin is tinged with medlar and William's pear, warm notes that are sometimes found in the softness of this terroir".
Taste: The 2019 Domaine Ogereau "Bonnes Blanches" Anjou Blanc presents a pale golden hue in the glass. On the nose, it offers a bouquet of white flowers, ripe pear, and citrus zest, with subtle hints of almond and flinty minerality. As the wine opens up, you'll notice delicate herbal undertones and the faintest whisper of Chenin Blanc's characteristic funky notes. On the palate, the wine is beautifully balanced with a bright acidity that provides freshness and energy. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, showcasing a textured richness from its time spent in demi-muids. The flavors evolve gracefully, revealing layers of crisp green apple, quince, and lemon curd, alongside a subtle creaminess and well-integrated oak. The finish is long and persistent, leaving a refreshing mineral impression that invites you to take another sip.
Pairing: Given the wine's bright acidity, creamy texture, and complex flavor profile, it pairs wonderfully with a wide range of dishes. Opt for dishes with moderate richness and flavors that complement the wine's fruit and mineral components. Consider seafood dishes, like seared scallops or grilled shrimp, and white meats, such as roast chicken (check out the recipe below!) or pork tenderloin. Vegetarian dishes with roasted or grilled vegetables, like bell peppers, zucchini, and asparagus, also work well with this Chenin Blanc.
Sheet-Pan Roasted Chicken With Pears and Arugula
By Yasmin Fahr
About. In the realm of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc, Domaine Ogereau is a name that's garnering attention, especially with the release of the 2019 "Bonnes Blanches" Anjou Blanc. Located in the Loire Valley, France, the family-run domaine has recently undergone a transformation under the guidance of young winemaker Emmanuel Ogereau. With a clear aesthetic vision and a focus on organic practices, Emmanuel has brought a modern touch to the winery's offerings, particularly its dry Chenins.
Anjou Noir (see below for the article), the soil upon which Domaine Ogereau's vineyards thrive, provides unique characteristics to the wines it yields. Chenin Blanc from this region is described as fleshier and more savory than its limestone-grown counterparts. Emmanuel has a clear stylistic approach to his wines – no botrytis and little malolactic fermentation – resulting in wines that are fresh and vibrant while still embracing the natural characteristics of the region.
One standout offering from Domaine Ogereau is the 2019 "Bonnes Blanches" Anjou Blanc. The vineyard, certified organic, is located in Saint Lambert Du Lattay, on the left bank of the Layon River. This Chenin Blanc, with its brittle schist subsoil and heavy clay topsoil, offers a unique expression of the terroir.
Emmanuel Ogereau, by Paul Wasserman, of Becky Wasserman & Co.
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