I've been tasting the wines of Château de Bonnezeaux for several years now, since they began to make dry wines again under Guyonne. The quality is so consistently high now that you can't ignore them if you appreciate serious Chenin blanc. This 2019 has really bright fruit on the palate that might take you by surprise after the powerful, exotic nose. There's great minerality here, long savory notes and intense acidity. A great dry Chenin. - Daniel
There’s never enough top-notch dry Chenin to go around- and with wines of this quality, it's not hard to see why. After centuries of dormancy and/or sweet wine production the Château de Bonnezeaux is turning out scintillating Chenin. Guyonne Saclier de la Bâtie thankfully returned there after a stage with Anjou luminary Mark Angeli and is producing dry wines of the highest order from this hallowed site.
From 40 year old vines in the Coteaux de Layon comes the Cuvée La Montagne. It immediately announces itself as a singular wine with its play of exotic fruit and incisive minerality. On the nose, piled pears appear drizzled with honey, ginger and a hint of saffron. The pillowy palate gives a first impression of weight before chalky minerality and dried lemon acidity scythe through. It's a beautiful, thoroughly modern dry Chenin- with all the pedigree of the past and its attendant echoes. We're thrilled to present this at the lowest prices in the US in packs, as you're sure to want to age some of these.