Marc Angeli's principal cuvée in volume terms, is this fabulous 'natural' Chenin Blanc called 'La Lune' that has a beguiling baked bread bouquet and complex palate of stewed orchard fruit, nuts, honey and minerals.
This celebrated white wine from the Bunan family is made from pure Clairette. It demands no more accompaniment than a few almonds or olives but its raison d'être is to partner seafood - filets de rouget à la plancha would fit the bill nicely.
The ultimate seafood partner, produced from grapes grown on the slopes of France's highest sea cliff, the Cap Canaille. Sublime scenery and wondrous wine.
A framed menu on the walls at the Château notes that, when the well-to-do people of Aix hosted a lunch for Presidents Mitterand and Berlusconi, white Simone was served with the starter. Whether this is a good or bad advert for the wine is open to interpretation, but it demonstrates that it's held in high regard. The wine is complex, attractive and very well structured.
Rare white Châteauneuf-du-Pape represents less than 5% of the AOC production and this refreshingly oak-free example is one of the best around!
This terrific Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, from a world-renowned estate, is made from a blend of Clairette and Roussanne - it has a fragrant, citrus bouquet and supple, stone fruit palate.
Only 2% of Chinon wines are white, so we would commend you to try such a rarity! Domaine Raffault's Chenin blanc is just the ticket so we shall eke out our allocation sparingly.
This organic Clairette de Die is a gentle sparkling wine low in alcohol making it a peerless mid-morning restorative and a great wine for picnics and garden parties. The classic food accompaniment is walnuts (which thrive locally) but it is well suited to all manner of cakes and fruit-based desserts.
Coteaux du Layon Rablay from Château la Tomaze - a pale golden taffeta textured wine with a delightful rose petal bouquet. The charming orchard fruit flavours with underlying honeyed notes and a light, fresh acidity give incredible finesse.
A clear, pale wine with appealing orchard fruit aromas and a gently-honeyed, stone-fruit palate underscored by a fresh acidity.
A rich golden wine of incredible concentration. Its unctuous raisin fruit and subtle honey and mineral flavours are uplifted by charming acidity and an incredible finesse.
This supple white Provençal wine shows mineral and floral characters on the nose leading to a rich, deftly oaked palate of white orchard fruit and mineral undertones.
This organic provençal white wine is a blend of Grenache, Clairette, Roussanne and Marsanne, grown at an elevated altitude which imparts a notable freshness. It is light enough to be drunk on its own or with olives, but will happily stand up to bouillabaisse or pissaladière
This superb white Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, made from a blend of Viognier, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache, is fresh and dry with ample apricot and peach flavours offset by mineral undertones.
Crémant de Die Brut - a light, dry sparkling wine with aromas of orchard fruit preceding a palate of russet apples and pears underscored by minerally nuances followed by a fresh, clean finish.
This organic vin blanc is produced in lamentably small volumes! With enough weight and body to stand up to the hot peppers and garlic which feature heavily in the local cuisine, it takes a while to reveal its charms (and merits decanting) but nothing is hurried in these parts.
A succulent palate of sweet orchard fruit is offset by a clean acidity. The unique smooth taste displays rich, hazelnut and sherry-like flavours which develop on the palate as the wine matures.
In the finest vintages it is headily decadent with complex mineral undertones and succulent, honeyed tinges.
With a light, fruity palate when young, this dry Jasnières wine obtains a unique smooth taste as it matures. In the finest vintages it is headily decadent with complex mineral undertones and succulent, honeyed tinges.
White Lirac is deserving of wider recognition and the Maby bottling, made from a cépagement of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Piquepoul, is a fine example. It drinks well on its own but is a shoo-in with seafood.
This bottle-fermented sparkling Montlouis wine displays a lively mousse inviting green apple aromas and a whistle-clean palate.
Domaine des Liards Montlouis-sur-Loire Sec - clean, green apple and grapefruit aromas precede a zesty, citric palate.
This excellent example of Chenin Blanc has a bright, refreshing acidity and crisp, dry finish.
This crisp, white Saumur wine that is produced from Chenin Blanc on the chalky soils of Anjou is a firm favourite with Yapp customers and staff alike. This may have something to do with the eye-catching Charles de Gaulle label, but more likely is because it's a refreshing, fruity, bon marché crowd-pleaser that makes for an ideal aperitif or partner to salads.
Classic, toasty, aromas precede a palate of ripe orchard fruit. The fresh, lively mousse gives way to a clean, crisp finish.
This classic Savennières wine has a complex bouquet of wild flowers, sherry flora and chalk dust and a generous palate of ripe orchard fruit with subtle undertones of honey and minerals prior to a long, dry elegant finish.
This complex Chenin Blanc is the principal bottling of Château d’Epiré and a firm favourite of Team Yapp as it always performs well in blind tastings and can stand up to complex fish and poultry dishes accompanied by flavoursome sauces. In common with most Savennières it is slow to reveal its charms and requires some effort on the part of the imbiber. Tant mieux - a pleas
This wonderfully honeyed, sweet Savennières has an alluring bouquet of stewed pears, beeswax and fleurs blanches and a ripe, rounded, terrifically textured palate of grilled nuts and orchard fruit with an underlying acidity and subtle mineral nuances.
Savennières: Coulée de Serrant - a wonderfully complex, dry white wine commonly regarded as the ‘nec plus ultra’ of the appellation. Warming vanilla aromas and flavours of nuts and honey slowly unfurl on the palate and develop with ageing. A sophisticated, contemplative wine that merits wider recognition.
Tavel: Domaine Maby La Forcadière - a full-bodied rosé wine made in a traditional style. It's a great food wine, beloved by savvy sommeliers, and would go down a treat with a harissa roast chicken or a spicy vegetable tagine, and makes an ideal partner to Asian dishes.
An authentic, off-dry (Demi-Sec) Vouvray wine with green apple flavours and excellent palate-cleansing acidity.
A luscious, honeyed Vouvray wine with good ageing potential.
This sweet Moelleux, which is only produced when the correct climatic conditions prevail, has a wealth of succulent candied-apple and creamy curd flavours offset by a fine acidity.
This delicious sparkling Vouvray wine has an inviting brioche bouquet and a teasingly frothy effervescence, making it ideal for all manner of celebrations or picnics – no corkscrew required!
Bien classique! This refreshing, apple-scented Chenin Blanc will make a great aperitif or partner to goats cheese and salads. It's the perfect foil for the locally-made potted pork rillettes, and together they make a dangerous combination as both are extremely more-ish.
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