This tiny appellation only has 128 acres of plantings, and exclusively uses romorantin. One of the many children of pinot and gouais blanc, it’s persisted and survived in the Loire (as has one of its siblings, melon de bourgogne). From a biodynamic domaine, it grows from 50-year-old vines, and its appeal lies in its elegant interplay between its flavors of mushroom, fresh Honeycrisp and cider apples. It has a rich texture with plenty of acidity couched inside—an easy detour for anyone looking for a Savennières. A day of air starts to merge those savory and malic aspects, pushing it towards honeyed apple cider, the zingy acidity still directing the show. I’d be interested to try it again in a few years, though I’m happy to drink it now.
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