Chateau Pierre-Bise 'Les Rouannières' Coteaux du Layon 2010 (Loire Valley, France)
What a magical wine this is. A magical wine that showcases just how perfect sweet Loire Chenin can be. Claude Papin, proprietor of Chateau Pierre-Bis, has been called a 'doyen of Anjou viticulture' and this style is really all about the magical fruit at the core.
Produced from a combination of shrivelled, late harvested fruit and some botrytised bunches, this is fermented half in old barrel and half tank. 100% Chenin Blanc. 180g/L of residual sugar.
It's just beautiful cumquat and marmalade juice. Has a beautiful light toffee and toasted caramelised citrus fruit but without actually feeling heavy sweet like a fully botrytised wine. The balance here between sweetness and texture is superb, the finish long and so perfectly weighted. Length and clarity is perfect - you can just taste those slightly shrivelled Chenin Blanc grapes.
Stunning sweet wine. Stunning! I could drink this all day, such is the sweet lightness. Magical.
Score: 18.7/20 95/100
Would I buy it? In a heartbeat