Roches Neuves Insolite Saumur, 2014

Variety(ies):  Chenin Blanc

100% Chenin Blanc that plays to the Riesling lover from a minerality, acidity and tension perspective. The grapes for this beauty come from a densely planted, single parcel of 95-year-old vines. After the hand harvest and gentle press, the wine ferments slowly in 12-hectolitre Austrian oak ovals and ages in the same vessel for about 12 months. Crystalline straw with green reflections captivates the eye, only to be taken over by the soaring aromatics with essence of pear and peach, citrus zest, and a hint of herbal character. There is intense focus here and because it only clocks in at around 12% alcohol, it is fresh, lithe and filigreed on the palate. An easy case buy especially in this vintage. A great pairing alongside any variety of white fish and with its acidity and fruit character it will stand up especially well to most sauces even those that may have a touch of spice (i.e., wasabi).