Sanzay Saumur blanc “Coincons” 19


It has been a few years since we offered Sanzay’s white, but it was too good this year to pass up. Sanzay’s “Coinçons” [kwen-sawn] is pure Chenin Blanc from 50 year old vines. It’s fermented with wild yeasts in large oak barrels, then aged in oak (half new) with regular lees stirring for the élevage. This sounds like a recipe for a rich buttery wine, but somehow it’s not. The oak is there, but it’s handled meticulously — like a white Burgundy made from Chenin.

The nose shows quince, pear, toast, and earth; the mouth is dry and perfectly balanced between fruit, acid, and toast. Picture the shimmering golden fruit of a Meursault with the more exotic profile of pear and stones from the Loire. Serve with grilled swordfish or pan-seared scallops.

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