1995 Domaine Closel Savennieres
Savennieres, Loire Valley, France
WB Rating: 90

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $9.00 (from winery)
Type: Loire White
Principal varietal(s): Chenin Blanc

This wine has developed magnificently. When tasted several years ago, it was a bone dry, somewhat austere, Sancerre-like wine: excellent but unfulfilled. At this recent tasting the wine had blossomed, revealing terrific peach, citrus, and butterscotch flavors but maintaining the dryness and elegance to be just about perfection with steamed mussels. This wine was purchased for a song at the winery and is not available in the U.S., but there are other Savennieres that are probably of similar quality (e.g. Dom. Baumard) for about $20 that are definitely worth seeking out. The wines age extremely well but tend to be closed when too young. - HK 2001-12-12


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