Evelyne de Pontbriand tutoring the vertical tasting
Tasters in the magnificent surroundings of the Château des Vaults
(Domaine du Domaine de Closel)
Light golden colour, honey and truffle, some texture but a little short.
Light to mid-gold, clearly taken on a lot of colour, honeyed evolved flavours, rich with fair balance. Loire wines from 2002 tend to be well-balanced. 6.4 gms of residual sugar. Among my favourites.
Honey and quince, rich but less interesting than the 2002 – an effect of this heatwave year?
Delicate honey aromas, attractively finely textured wine although a little dilute in the finish but considerable charm.
Deep light gold colour, richly textured, botrytis – this is a rich oxidative style.
Hot dry summer and autumn.
Light gold colour, attractively textured wine with honeyed evolution, good length and nicely balanced. Among my favourites.
Light gold, honey and quince flavour with a touch of caramel, textured wine, the richness hides the acidity but the finish is a little short.
Vineyard frosted. Honey and quince on nose and palate,some truffle too, texture, quite austere long finish. Aromas persist in the empty glass.Among my favourites.
Clean and precise with attractively vibrant texture, some honey character, noticeable acidity in long finish. There is a growing precision in the Papillon wines.
Richly and seductively textured with honey and quince character, lovely balance and length. Certainly amongst my favourites.
Still youthful wine, attractive texture and complexity, some toasty flavours along with a touch of caramel with good balancing acidity in the finish.
Not made – severe April frost
Citric aromas and palate, quite austere finish reflecting this difficult vintage, precise but the wine falls away in the finish.
Floral and ripe fruit nose and palate, some barley sugar notes, very good length and very clean purity with some delicate wood notes. Still young but with impressive potential. Certainly amongst my favourites and shows the progress that has been made with the Papillon wines.
Floral and citric – obviously still very youthful.
This was a big vintage after the very severe frost of 1991. Wines were often dilute. Light gold, very oxidative style, nutty character but dilute in fish. Certainly reasonable for the vintage.
Showing the hallmarks of a great vintage. Ironically this wine shows the precision and vibrancy that Evelyne has to working for since she took over Closel. There is a little oxidative character but it is very restrained. Amazinly fresh – stunning wine!
Ben Llewelyn of Carte Blanche Wines studying
a carte of the vineyards of Savennières