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Thursday, 22 November 2012

#EWBC: Gala dinner – 1988 Coteaux de l'Aubance

1988 Coteaux de l'Aubance, Domaine de Montgilet, Victor et Vincent Lebreton

Our bottle of the 1988 L'Aubance (100% Chenin Blanc) should have gone to the BYOB dinner on the Thursday night (9th November). However due to the late arrival of our train into Izmir we decided to take it as an apéro to the Gala Dinner instead – where it made  a lot of friends.

Golden hued, it was beautifully balanced with some honeyed and light apricot fruit. Quite rich but not over-sweet perfectly set off by its acidity. It made an ideal apéro and would have been good, I fancy, with cheese. Unlikely, however, to have worked with desserts.

This bottle from Victor and Vincent Lebreton (Domaine de Montgilet) in Juigné-sur-Loire is a reminder of what a good vintage 1988 can be for whites, having a similar seamless balance found in 2002, 2008 and 2010.      

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