Coteaux du Layon 1er Cru Chaume 2018
Loire chenin blanc makes some of the greatest sweet wines in the world of wine, and this is a classic example from the Coteaux du Layon. It’s from a historic property which makes dry Anjou Blanc from chenin blanc and the Coteaux du Layon wines; and this is a premier cru Chaume, and it’s a vineyard that is just south-west of the city of Angers in the Loire. And as you can see, this is 2018 vintage so still not very mature. It’s the most beautiful golden colour, which is typical of these part-botrytised grapes – botrytis is the noble rot that affects the grapes and turns it into a luscious, sweet wine and it brings complexity as well. So you’ve got really gorgeous aromas of honey and citrus, and sweet and smooth on the palate. This is a young wine still; the beauty is it will develop over the next many years, developing complexity, richness, intensity. Serve it – if you’re in France it would be with foie gras, or certainly blue cheese – beautiful with cheese, but actually it’s very good with a fruit dessert – particularly, a tarte tatin would just be a perfect match for this wine.