NV VDF ‘MMXVI’
In 2016, about a third of Renaud’s grapes were destroyed by one form or another of extreme weather conditions. He only harvested enough Chenin to fill 5 barrels. This wine is a blend of those barrels, plus a single barrel from 2015 where the grapes were harvested with noble rot, and one barrel of 2017, which was originally for his other cuvée La Desirée. A cross vintage blend which works extremely well, and is rather old-school in style. A serious food wine. Zero sulfites.
Beautiful golden colour. When I first smell this the notes remind me of old Chenin from Robinot or Xavier Caillard. Apple, lemon curd and honey blossom, all wrapped up in a whirlpool of salinity and limestone. As it starts to breathe, you find baked apple cake, shortbread and almonds. Fresh apple too with a lick of apricot. There is something unique and unexplainable with this wine, it is deep and intense. The wine carries itself with medium weight and texture, making it ideal to pair with cheese or a meal, rather than drinking by itself. It has an old-school feel about it and is richer in style without being flabby. The acidity lingers and strengthens as the night goes on, giving the wine more direction and drive underneath it's smooth surface. The tension and tautness builds, and the strong influence of the silex becomes more apparent, keeping the wine balanced through its richness. A deep hedonistic wine that really draws you in, making you want to dig deeper to understand its forever evolving personality. It's charm will probably make you want to drink another bottle...