Domaine Jousset "Premier Rendez-vous" Montlouis 2017
Chenin Blanc｜Loire Valley
Found just across the river from the famed Vouvray, Montlouis is an underappreciated source of high-quality Chenin Blanc in a range of styles. Lise Bertrand's "Premier Rendez-vous" cuvée is wonderfully contoured and perfectly dry.
Along with her husband Bertrand, Lise Jousset farms her biodynamic plots of Chenin Blanc completely naturally, absent of any chemical or artificial substances, using minimal sulfur, and harvesting completely by hand.
Loire valley Chenin Blanc is favorite of connoisseurs for good reason; its combination of ripe, full-flavored fruit and bright, mineral-driven acidity make immensely satisfying, food-friendly wines with richness and balance. This wine embodies all of that and more: it just explodes with crushed white flowers, lemon blossoms, Bosc pear, lanolin, fresh hay, zesty kumquat and nectarine. It smells as if it would be sweet, but take note of its incredibly dry, almost saline finish that refreshes the palate and begs for another sip. Go ahead and pair it with curries, Thai food, cheesy casserole, salt cod brandade, pork loin...there's almost nothing this wine won't go with!
A fresh and fleshy, dry-finishing Chenin with polish and precision. Happy summer!
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