Saturday, December 02, 2006

2001 Domaine de la Garreliere Cendrillon

This is one of my only experiences with a Loire Valley wine. I have typically avoided this region as the grapes are not my favourite, and there is very substantial vintage to vintage variation. Why do all that homework to find one good wine every four years?

Anyway, the 2001 Domaine de la Garreliere "Cendrillon" is from the Touraine appelation, and it is a Sauvignon Blanc blend. A very nice light gold colour, almost amber, with a very nice nose. Scents of white flowers, honey (dominant scent), apricot, truffle, oak, butter, and hazelnuts - one of the nicest whites I have ever smelled - almost like a Sauternes. On the palate it was EXTREMELY well balanced, smooth, rich, and elegant. An excellent match for a roast chicken. Drink now. Score 17/20, cost C$25.

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