Empire State of Wine

It was a great experience to compare 3 different Chenin and see so many differences in the glass. Of course, the differences would have been even more highlighted if all the bottles were of the same vintage.

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Savennières Mosse « Arena » 2010

What a strange situation…the first approach was: not easy, dark, closed up, bitter, just like eating an arugula salad without bread and oil. Don’t be afraid, go through this « firewall » with confidence because, after that, it will become sweet and tender. So here, I saw a real gap between what bitter aromas this bottle could provide  on the nose and all the easy sweet sensations you could have on the palate

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Montlouis-sur-Loire « les tuffeaux » 2008 François Chidaine

You can be sure that I know the real and obvious difference between a Riesling and a Montlouis-sur-Loire. But, regarding all the wines posted in my blog (including some Riesling of course), I could make a weird comparason with confidence. This bottle provides you the exact paradox you have with a Riesling: a huge difference on the palate from the sweet residual sugar and acidity.

Wine pairing: with my traditional « cevice » (fresh salmon marinated in lemon juice and some slices of a ripe mango) it was amaaaaazing

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Eric Nicolas vieilles vignes éparses 2010

What a bottle…. First, it starts with this peculiar form which looks like a bottle of Riesling (again????). But, trust me, here you are far from any Riesling vineyard. Really ??? Ok, just admit that on a blind tasting you could have doubt. This « Vieille vignes Eparses » déjabu here is one of the most puzzling wines I ever tasted.  An intellectual curiosity I think (and one of my favorite from Loire). Secondly, it is aweird sensation to have a taste of this in your mouth: It’s the exact perfect balance between acidity and sugar. I mean if I could, I will start every dinner of my life with this wine. I think I could have an idea to what Eric Nicolas has in mind when he chose that bottle. I can (almost) imagine starting a conversation with this bottle (and my friends)…and ending the discussion with this magician winemaker the day I will meet him. Just to see if my point of view was acceptable.