2020 L’Ecole No 41 Chenin blanc
Empty bottle weight: 21.0 ounces / 598 grams
3200 cases produced
L’Ecole No 41 has been making Chenin blanc since 1987, from grapevines that are now considered old vines. To achieve a more substantial weight and mouthfeel, the wine went through partial malolactic fermentation, then aged sur lie (on the grape skins) in stainless steel before bottling. This technique adds even more texture and flavor to the finished wine. And believe me, this Chenin blanc has got abundant texture and flavor!
Ripe fruit aromas of casaba melon, apricots, and peaches, along with a savory note of freshly diced herbs.
First, great acidity, texture, and weight rolled over my tongue, then the fruit flavors from the wine’s bouquet; peaches, apricots, and casaba melon. After that I began to taste more nuanced flavors of cantaloupe and honey, all culminating in a long, tart, lime zest finish. What a fun white wine! I suggest buying a few cases and making it your summer “house” white wine.
Food pairing suggestions:
This Chenin blanc is perfect for porch sipping on a warm day, watching the world go by. I’d also suggest pairing with crab cakes with snap pea salad, panko-crusted tempeh, grilled pork tenderloin kabobs.
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