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Chateau Tour Grise Saumur Blanc – Les Fontanelles 2002

November 2, 2007

30286.jpg~$12US %100 Chenin Blanc, Saumur, Loire Valley, France

Color: Medium Gold
Nose: Bracing and complex – green apple, lime zest, pineapple, under-ripe strawberries, honey
Palate: Medium-bodied, citrus freshness, river-rocks, piercing acidity in the midpalate
Finish: Fairly lengthy – tart, appetizing grapefruit and mineral water

A complex wine, not easy (for me) to like at first – but definitely finely crafted. A ‘grower’. While I appreciate fresh acidity, this was straight-up sour right after I popped the bottle. But, even at 5 years old, the wine really rounded out over the course of a few hours, making me think it could use another 2-3 years to continue improving. With some air-time, it became more integrated and nuanced – especially on the nose. Stylistically, this wine must be paired with food you’d squeeze a lemon on – I could imagine it being magic with with fresh oysters and shellfish. A specialized wine, well done.

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