2018 La Grapperie La Belle Egarée Chenin Blanc
Renaud Guettier is one of the most underrated winemakers in France - based well off the beaten in the sparsely populated appellation of the Coteaux-du-Loir. He is a meticulous farmer that crafts incredibly consistent wines from old vines employing long elevage in old oak, often releasing his wines years after the harvest when they are ready to drink.
La Belle Egarée is Chenin blanc fruit from both ancient and young vines, given a long, slow ferment in old oak barrels and released when still bright and fresh. Ripe, herbal and complex, with all the tension you'd expect from wine in such a cool climate.