Category: Chenin Blanc

  • Edgebaston David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc, 2015

    Marquis had a spring cleaning sale and we picked up a bottle of this South African Chenin for a song.  Then we went back and bought four more. YOWZA. It’s only May, but this feels like the white wine of the year.  It’s absolutely, totally, over the top sensational.  Not one bottle we’ve had this […]

  • La Primera Rivancha Chenin Blanc, 2020

    We like us our Chenin Blanc. Like the simple Axle. Like the not too easy to find old vines Bellingham. Which, you know, we liked before. And before. And like the Le Parc. Or just search Huet on the site; it’s awash with short shoves for Vouvray So we had high hopes for this Argentinian […]

  • Domaine FL Le Parc, Savennieres, 2015

    Pure and unadulterated. Decanter got it right, “best in show” like the title pooch at Westminster.  It drinks so precious you might feel a Faberge egg is being scrambled.  Striking on first taste, a short tropical note of coconut, some serious acidity, grapefruit pith, and a finish, extremely restrained, of melon.  Jackie O in a […]

  • 2020 Wine of the Year: Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Sec Vouvray, 2015

    From the cellar: Hands down the best wine we drank in 2020.  Wow.  Words simply aren’t necessary. As a tradition, we open a bottle of Vouvray sometime in December, celebratory style.  Usually it’s a demi-sec, and more often than not it’s Huet.  The Wine Advocate gave this 2015 a comfortable 93 points, and in some […]

  • Bellingham Old Vine Chenin Blanc, 2017

      Lordy what a lovely find. Food friendly to the nth degree, a patio marvel, hardy enough for roast chicken gentle enough your fingers could be soaking in it.  Luscious on the palate.  Stoney minerality coalesces with citrus grove lands on creamsicle with muted oak on the tail.  Sips a dream.   You could look […]

  • Darling Axle Chenin Blanc, 2018

    Lively and rich, straw and lychee with a touch of the sweet of a custard apple.  A dreamlike 12.5% for lunch.  Wonderful depth on the palate as a sipper (a lingering lemon blossom finish) but superior in its food friendly versatility whether cheese, salad, cured meats or fish.  An unusual balancing act of heavyweight Chenin […]

  • Domaine Huet Vouvray, Clos du Bourg, 2015

    Where to start?  How about magnificent?  How about exceptional?  How about demonstrably brilliant?   Huet is expensive, it’s a splurge for us, but every year Marquis on Davie gets a truckload and we pick up a few for the cellar.  We drank this too soon.  We couldn’t resist.  Yet it didn’t disappoint, not one iota. […]

  • Savennieres Chateau de Varenees, 2016

    What an exceptional varietal.  You never know with Chenin.  Witness Vouvray.  The Huet socked away in the cellar.  And South Africa, so much to revel in.  But, alas, not so much this sere and abrasive assertive white.   Austere.  Could have been crafted by the Amish.  Simply too dry for our taste.  Really not that […]

  • Piekenierskloof “The Tea Leaf” Chenin Blanc Blend, 2016

    We love our Chenin; French, South African, Australian, bring it on.  We wanted to love this.  Low alcohol, screw cap, high altitude vines.  Maybe our predilection for the varietal and relatively unrealistic expectations were too much for the W. O. Piekenierskloof, because for us it was a bomb.   Bruised fruit.  Dry, brittle dry, earthy, […]

  • Domaine Huet Le Mont Demi-Sec Vouvray, 2015

    So a day or two ago we wrote about being let down by Champagne.  Which, to be honest, wasn’t fair to Champagne, it was more about the cost penalties of living in and buying wine in BC.  Most decent Champagnes in BC retail before taxes at around the $60 mark.  But here’s the rub: If […]