Domaine Closel 'La Jalousie' Savennières 2013
Wine: Domaine du Closel 'La Jalousie'
Region: Savennières, Loire Valley
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Vines: Certified Organic
When you're waiting a million years for a check to clear and your account dips into overdraft, the best move is to spend $60 on fancy cheese and wine and watch Rabbit Proof Fence, a beautiful film about overcoming adversity that makes you cry in all the right ways (full warning, the trailer alone jerks tears). That's what they mean by feast or famine, right? I can think of few weeknight indulgences better than fresh-sliced prosciutto and a truffled double cream cheese from St. James Cheese Company and a bottle of liquid heaven, a.k.a. Savennières. (also Tate's chocolate chip cookies)
Savennières, like Saumur, produces flavor-rich, elegant, voluptuous chenin blancs with backbone and balance that are irresistible. I am always hard pressed to pick a favorite wine, though the Loire Valley holds my heart, but in the whites-I-can-drink-all-night category, the dry, golden chenins of Anjou win. This particular Savennières is made from the harvest of certified organic vineyards, fermented with native yeasts and left on the lees for several months, allowing it to acquire texture, nuance and intrigue. Winemaker Evelyne de Pontbriand took over running the estate and winemaking from her mother, who was successor to an aunt. Evelyne is also president of the A.O.C. Savennières and, as evident in an interview with importer Louis/Dressner, clever and charming.
Domaine du Closel 'La Jalousie' Savennières 2013 shows stone fruit, apricot and stoniness on the nose, followed by a fleshy mid-palate of apricot and honey, raw hazelnut, incredible acidity and a crazy long finish. Sexy indeed. For $25 you feel spoiled by its luxuriousness.