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Staff Pick

Savennières Sec, Ch. d'Épiré - 2006

Item # 12361 750mL
$36.96/ Single Bottle
$443.52 $399.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Older Chenin Blanc is fascinating and wild with exotic aromas. This bottle is dry and also shows aromas of honey and orange blossoms. From older vines, ranging in age from 30 to 55 years, planted in schist soils. Château d'Epiré is one of the oldest, most celebrated estates in the Savennières area.


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Staff Pick Notes

Young Savennières reminds me of myself in high school: abrasive, overeager, and mercurial. The wines show great potential, but like puppies with big paws, they're inclined to charge with excitement, skid on the tile floor and knock over their food bowls. Market trends demand that wines be ready to consume the moment they're bottled. But in the case of Savennieres, only time can elevate the sum of its incongruous parts into a majestic whole. The 2006 Chateau d'Épiré is Golden Delicious apple hued. The nose is an olfactory kaleidoscope of beeswax, apple blossom, white tea, ginger, dried apricots, and clover honey. Its bracing acidity is now warmly subdued, as if wrapped in a wool sweater and reclining comfortably. Age gave this wine wisdom. And we’d all do well to follow in its footsteps: get wise and bring this honeyed beauty home.

- JAM

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Loire

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly...

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