Tuesday, 16 August 2011
1986 Savennières demi-sec Château d'Epiré + 2010 Les tufolies, Saumur-Champigny, Domaine des Champs Fleuris
1986 demi-sec Savennières Château d'Epiré
Dinner with Chenin appreciating friends so a good opportunity to look at a mature Savennières. Despite a short cork, this Château d'Epiré is still in good condition. Mid-burnished gold in colour, slightly fungal aromas with good mouthfilling honeyed fruit and the richness nicely balanced by vibrant, quite austere background of acidity. made a complex and intriguing aperitif and proved to be a good match for a Greek style salad as first course.
2010 Les tufolies, Saumur-Champigny, Domaine des Champs Fleuris
For the main course a sort of North African shepherd's pie we went from middle aged to nearly extreme youth with this vibrantly fruited, young Saumur-Champigny full of soft round fruit. This is an ideal bottle to enjoy now, though it will doubtless last easily another three or four years but to what purpose?