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Monday, 4 May 2020

Excellent Jamain Reuilly for Sauvignon Blanc Day

2010 Les Chênes, Reuilly, Denis Jamain

Although I was aware towards the end of April that May Day was in addition being Labour Day was also Sauvignion Blanc Day, I had conveniently forgotten this by the time we reached 1st May. I'm not a great fan of special days to celebrate a particular grape variety. Anyway but happy coincidence I selected this 2010 Les Chênes from Denis Jamain (Domaine de Reuilly) on Friday 1st May. Along with Domaine Claude Lafond, Denis Jamain is Reuilly's top producer.

This is Denis' top white Reuilly – 100% Sauvignon Blanc as required by the appellation. It comes from 40 year old vines planted in one of the parcels of Pierres Plates in the middle of the coteau. The soil is clay-limestone Kimméridgean. Les Chênes is fermented and aged in barriques for a year. 

Denis recommends that you drink Les Chênes within five to ten years. However, this lovely 2010 still has wonderfully fresh with complex texture and concentrated fruit – peach and apricot. Showing beautifully and no reason why it should be good for at least another five years and may be more. When I first opened it was a little too cold, which subdued its complexity and made the oak more apparent. Denis recommends that ideally Les Chênes should be drunk between 13˚C and 15˚C. He is absolutely right – don't serve this cold otherwise you will miss out, which would be a great shame.        

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