We’re really excited to have added the Domaine des Sanzay to our portfolio. Not only are their labels (designed by the family’s son) the most attractive in our cellar, it turns out the Sanzay family are terrific winemakers.
In the tiny central Loire town of Saumur-Champigny, the Sanzays craft small batch, low intervention wines full of energy and life. Their reds are fresh, vibrant and delicious; their crisp, refreshing rosé was a huge hit last summer.
Today we’re excited to release their white. It’s just like everything else they make: distinctive, honest, complex, and seriously delicious.
Like other central Loire whites, this is pure Chenin blanc, made from 50 year old vines. It’s fermented in barrels (half of which are new) with regular lees stirring. Oak and white Loire is rarely our favorite combo, so we were surprised at how much we enjoyed Coinçons. The Chenin handles the oak beautifully, supporting rather than hiding the gorgeous Chenin fruit.
The nose shows pears, white flowers, fine minerality and perfume; the mouth is dry but lush, with gorgeous fruit, excellent crispness, and tons of energy and life. Think the weight of a Condrieu, the fruit of a Vouvray, and the freshness of a fine Chablis: a perfect cold-weather white.
Sanzay Saumur blanc 2019
bottle price: $29
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