Domaine de La Grange Patrimoine Blanc 2014, 13.5% AOP Touraine.
Bruno reserves his best parcels of Chenin Blanc for this very small cuvée. The wine is fermented in new oak barrels. The wood and a small amount of Chardonnay soften the natural acidity of Chenin Blanc. A complex , long wine with hints of pear, apple and citrus. The natural acidity of the wine makes it an ideal accompaniment to the richest, most creamy sauces. Also a great match for apple and pear tarts, or simply savoured on its own. This is what Joanna Simon had to say about this wine in House & GardenI fall in love with too many wines, but this was love at first sip. It's a dry white from the Loire Valley based on the Chenin Blanc grape, but rounded out with a little Chardonnay and fermented in oak barrels to give a creamy softness to the spicy pear fruit and preserved-lemon zesty freshness. It's a good match for savoury dishes in cream sauces, but can partner simpler fish, seafood, pasta, grain and chicken dishes too. "A wonderfully incisive backbone of acidity that gives a rich, nutty, subtly honeyed, barrel-fermented white its superb food-matching (pork, chicken, risotto, creamy fish) capabilities" David Williams, The Observer Magazine 24 July 2016 "A dollop of Chardonnay joins the majority Chenin Blanc in this superb barrel-fermented dry white from Bruno Curassier, the oak bringing a certain honeyed nuttiness to the deliciously pure, nicely weighted ripe apple and quince, which is hung on a luminous core of characteristically robust Chenin acidity. A wine that combines richness, elegance and great food-matching versatility. " The Wine Gang, August 2016