Saturday, 2 February 2013
Les Delesvaux shine@Le Relais
2008 Feuille d'Or, Anjou Blanc
Last evening we enjoyed a very good dinner at the always reliable Le Relais in rain-sodden Angers. The owner Gérard Pelletier was as relaxed as we have seen him for some time and on good form as was Christophe Noël in the kitchen.
We were very impressed with the two wines we chose from Domaine Philippe Delesvaux. The bone-dry 2008 Feuille d’Or, Anjou Blanc – 100% Chenin – made a fine aperitif and particularly appreciated after our very early start from the UK and drive through the rain to Angers. Latter vintages of Feuille d’Or have been sec tendre but the 2008 has a lovely razor sharp freshness and purity although the nose has a slightly oxidative style which adds to the complexity.
The 2010 La Montée de l’Epine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is deliciously soft without much acidity, so could easily be confused with a red from further south.
These two bottles from Catherine and Philippe Delesvaux made me wonder why I don’t drink more of their wines. I do taste them from time to time but it is rare that I drink a bottle. Should put that right!
Ce Vin 'sans 'poudre de perlimpinpin' est 'un remède prétendument miraculeux mais totalement inefficace' – Wikipedia