LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
SAVENNIERES CHAMBOUREAU BY DOMAINE FL 2018
At WineOnline, we don’t take $55 bottles of wine lightly, but when we come across a profoundly textured French white like Savennieres Chamboureau by Domaine Fl 2018 that rivals the best, we go for it.
Savennières is one of those ‘Holy Grail’ wines that attracts sommeliers and collectors alike. The whole appellation is around 150 hectares, and the best wines are deeply mineral and thought-provoking, while aging effortlessly.
Domaine FL’s Chamboureau is a pitch-perfect, bone-dry Savennières.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
James Suckling, March 2021
SAVENNIERES CHAMBOUREAU BY DOMAINE FL 2018: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / fresh and crisp, floral, fruity and mineral / oaked
SWEETNESS / Extra Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
BEST PAIRINGS / Light Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Salad, Soft Cheese, Thai Cuisine
TASTING NOTE / “Stare into the abyss and it will stare back at you! This has such an incredible depth of dried-flower and fresh-herb notes that you could get lost in the bouquet, before reaching the sleek and enormously mineral palate. So pristine and dazzling at the super long finish. Drink or hold.”
Philip Fournier Longchamps established Domaine FL by buying two of the finest estates in the region in the mid 2000’s: Domaine Jo Pithon and Chateau de Chamboureau. Born and raised in Anjou, he and his son Julien resolved to make Savennières that could age for decades, inspired by old vintages in Philip’s father cellar.
Philip, CEO of a telecom company, merged two estates, one on each side of the river Loire – Domaine Jo Pithon and Château de Chamboureau – building a winery in 2011 to process the fruit from the 45ha of vineyards, including 30ha in Savennières. (The other holdings are in Anjou, Coteaux-du-Layon and the grand cru Quart de Chaumes.)
The pair work organically in the vineyards, with some plots farmed biodynamically, including the parcel in Roche aux Moines. The aim is to express the terroir to its fullest potential, and consultants in the vineyard (Ludovic Pierrot from Burgundy) and winery (Kyriakos Kynigopoulos, who took over from Stéphane Derenoncourt) focus on plot-by-plot winemaking.
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