Damien Laureau, ‘Savennieres Les Genets’ 2020

£44.50 (75cl)

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SKU: LOLA0020B

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Description

Vinification: Grapes harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeasts in large oak barrels for 12 months, then aged in tank for 4-6 months before bottling. This wine can age well for up to a decade. Consider decanting before serving.

Tasting note

It has a light golden colour with a bouquet of white fruit from pear to floral notes (quince), and hints of nuttiness and minerality. On the palate it has a light-medium body texture with a nice crisp acidity and a long, refreshing finish.

Food pairing

Pairs well with a variety of foods. Here are some good options: Seafood: The minerality and acidity of the wine complement the flavours of shellfish, mussels, crab, and even white fish. Poultry: Chicken, turkey, and especially richer fish like salmon or tuna can stand up to the weight of the wine. Pork: Consider pork tenderloin or other not-too-heavily seasoned cuts. Vegetables: Grilled vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, and peppers can be a nice pairing, especially if dressed with a light vinaigrette. Cheese: Soft-ripened cheeses like camembert and brie can be a good match. General Tips: Since Damien Laureau's wines are known for being approachable and fruity in their youth, you might also consider richer dishes than you would with a more traditional Savennières.

About the producer

The winery is located in the Loire Valley, France, specifically in the Savennières appellation. The vineyard size is approximately 8.5 hectares with vines ranging from 10 to 50 years old, Damien Laureau currently produces three very different expressions of the Savennières terroir, produced from 3 plots of land: Les Genêts, Le Bel Ouvrage and Savennières-Roche-aux-Moines. Organic farming since 2009. Sandy soil with schist and phtanite contributes to a lighter style. Working with a tiny team out of a small shed, everything here is done by hand and while not inheriting a family vineyard, Damien Laureau has become a respected and admired winemaker in the Savennières appellation. Specialising in Chenin Blanc and his primary focus is quality; employing sustainable practices in his vineyard management. This includes using horses for ploughing, hand-harvesting grapes, and utilizing natural yeasts during fermentation. He is also credited for being somewhat of a pioneer winemaker, who shifted from the traditional Savennières wines, moving away from the old fashioned austere style and managing to produce a more concentrated, rich and very balanced wines.



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