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|The Château de Villeneuve Blanc is a lovely, round and aromatic Chenin Blanc. It shows aromas of flower and white fruits, a slight mineral touch and notes of citrus. A great white wine from the Loire Valley for an aperitif. You will not usually find this kind of wine at that price: it is definitely a good bargain!|
|Wine Characteristics||Tasting and cellaring|
|Producer||Château de Villeneuve||Eye||Pale yellow with green hints|
|Vintage||2014||Nose||Flower and white fruits|
|Appellation||Saumur||Mouth||Round and fruity|
|Area||Loire Valley||Drink from||Now|
|Grapes||100% Chenin Blanc||Open||30 minutes before|
|Nice aperitif white to be continued with white fish or cheese.|
|What experts say|
|Gault & Millau on 2013 vintage: 16.5|
“Driven by powerful aromas of flowers, white fruits and wood, this wine is emancipated slowly in order to match with unconstrained our taste buds. A chiselled and dense wine, very fresh, supported by a minty frame.”
Bettane & Desseauve on 2011 vintage: 14.5
“Lean and mineral profile, with citrus notes and a smoky touch mounted on springs.”
Jancis Robinson on 2009 vintage: 17
"Smells wild and beautiful, like a handful of flowers brought in from a mountain meadow. Dry, slender and fine boned. A soft dustiness, tingling minerality. Precise and transparent."
Robert Parker on vintage 2009: 88
“The 2009 Saumur from Chateau de Villeneuve offers pungent citrus rind and snuffed candle wick smokiness in the nose; yellow plum and citrus with saline and pungently flinty mineral notes on a palate of considerable opulence but also bitter concentration of fruit pit and citrus oil; and impressive finishes with grip though also faint heat.”
|And finally for the wine geeks…|
|Ageing||4 months on fine lies|
The high-end cuvée from Château de Villeneuve is made with grapes from a small parcel around the castle. This is Cabernet Franc at its best: intense, concentrated and persistent. The aromas are almost southern-like with ripe black fruits, liquorice and wood; so well balanced that it is a real delight. Made to age well, it is now entering its best drinking...