2016 Swartland Tania & Vincent Carême Le Blanc Chenin Blanc (Best Buy) Vincent Carême has earned a place on our Top 100 Wineries of the Year for the last two years, based on the wines he makes at his family's estate in Vouvray. His wife is from South Africa, and together they started this project in Swartland, working with 40-year-old dry-farmed bush vines growing on decomposed granite. He ferments the wine without added yeasts and ages it in a combination of stainless steel and 500-liter French oak barrels (half of them new). This is an exciting wine, not only for the freshness of its chenin expression—bathed in scents of chamomile flowers, tart orange, lemongrass and herbs—but also for its price, which is astonishing considering how much depth of flavor the wine has on offer. Grape-skin tannins add to the richness of the texture, while brisk acidity keeps it tight, focusing its juicy flavors to match fresh goat cheese. —Joshua Greene
This wine was featured in our June 2017 monthly newsletter.
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