Savennières: Château d'Epiré 'Le Parc' Sec 2019
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 pleasure postponed is a pleasure enhanced!
This classic dry Savennières wine has diverse aromas of honeysuckle wild flowers and gun flint preceding a palate that develops in the glass. It is intentionally a tad oxidative (in a good way, not unlike a Manzanilla sherry) with stone fruit mineral and wild herb notes leading to a persistent ethereal dry finish. It gains a darker colour complexity and concentration with (up to 10 or more years) bottle age and every discerning cellar should have some.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Savennières|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chenin Blanc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drinks well from release but can readily support 10+ years bottle-age.|
|Vinification||Relatively late triage harvested grapes are pressed and their juice is then fermented in vats prior to being racked into used wooden barrels for a 12 month elevage before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Château d'Epiré (Luc Bizard)
Luc Bizard, the amiable patron of Château d'Epiré, is a sixth generation vigneron with as sharp an insight into the region's wines as anyone in the vicinity.
The Château d’Epiré is one of the oldest vineyards in Savennières and it has been in the family since the 17th century. The vineyard has eleven hectares of which nine are for producing Savennières.
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