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Dirty Dozen Tasting 12th September Sarah Ahmed

Sarah Ahmed in The Wine Detective ( The Dirty Dozen Do It Again: A Terroir Tasting.  On The Loire - Contrasting styles of Chenin Blanc, also Sauvignon, showed off the Loire’s terroir.... From Chavignol’s steep kimmeridgian limestone-based slopes Gerard Boulay Clos de Beaujeu Sancerre 2010 (Vine Trail) was iron fist in velvet glove.  A powerful, creamy, chalky, leesy, textured palate with blackcurrant bud and citrus is underscored and animated by steely grapefruity, mineral acidity, teasing out a long finish.  Terrific.

On the Chenin front, joint favourite Chenin of the day, Richard Leroy Rouliers 2009  (Vine Trail) Vin de France (also from Anjou), showed quite exquisite balance, purity and precision to its ripe, juicy apple and quince fruit – loved its perfectly judged mouthwatering acidity and richness of fruit.

As for red wines, Chateau de Coulaine Chinon Clos de Turpenay 2009  (Vine Trail) reveals a smoky mineral undertow and savoury edge to its abundant sweet, round, ripe red fruits; long, with fine, firm tannins.  Very good.

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