Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon les Chiens-Chiens 2005

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Wine & Spirits ReviewRated 92Broad and full, this is driven by pungent stoniness, a deeply expressive minerality that saturates the waxy stone frui... Read more

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01/18/2009

Wine & Spirits ReviewRated 92Broad and full, this is driven by pungent stoniness, a deeply expressive minerality that saturates the waxy stone fruit flavors. It's gripping and focused, possessing the weight and authority of the red wines that are more typically grown on these soils, yet demonstrating chenin's inimitable character.Wine Tasting NotesStraightforward plum, cherry, strawberry and red currant are carried forward to quite respectable lengths. The acidity is in balance with the tannins and all the fruit, but while it keeps its place it also shows remarkable stamina. There is a vegetative element, with grass and bell pepper, but the kind that belongs rather than the kind that indicates under-ripe fruit. Behind all else, the result of a years aging in two to three year old barrels, you get whiffs of cocoa and vanilla, a nice taste of leather, not too much, and yet a perfect complement to this offering that is smooth indeed.


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