In our latest launch of tastings will be focussing on what grape varieties Wine School founder Jimmy Smith passionately loves. The first up is the long-lived and wonderfully complex Chenin Blanc. The tasting will discover 10 wines, four 'must-taste' domaines from the Loire Valley including Vouvray from Domaine Huet and Domaine Vincent Careme and Savennieres from Domaine du Closel and Nicolas Joly. We then will compare these to four fine South African examples to represent the rise in diversity and excitement from the Southern Hemisphere. To wrap up the tasting we'll tuck into a fabulous Chenin Blanc/Viognier blend from California to see how the variety works in blending. Very tasty!
If you want to discover why this grape variety is lauded as the finest white in the world, and why Jimmy loves it so, then sign-up and start looking forward to it!
French Chenins on Tasting (5):
Vouvray Haut Lieu Sec, 2005 (Huet) £15Savennières, Domaine du Closel, 2010 £15Savennières, Coulee de Serrant, 2005 (Nicolas Joly) £65Vouvray, Spring Sec, 2010 (Domaine Vincent Carême) £10Vouvray, Le Peu Morier, Demi-Sec, 2008 (Domaine Vincent Carême) £18South African Chenins on Tasting (4):
Radford Dale Renaissance, Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, 2010 (The Winery) £16Beaumont Hope Marguerite, Bot River, 2011 £16Botanica Chenin Blanc, Citrusdal, 2010 £15Kleine Zalze Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2012 £8Other Chenins on Tasting (1):
Pine Ridge Chenin Viognier, California, 2011 £22