94pt WS 2004 Ch. de Suronde Quarts de Chaume Sweet Chenin 500ml

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The Loire Valley is bucolic region filled with historic wineries and serene vineyards of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc that watch the river flow. Ch. de Suronde is such a humble, quaint and charming winery, it's a surprise to discover the one of the world's finest sweet Chenins comes from such humble beginnings.This is truly a wine for the connoisseur. It is meditative, contemplative, and such a joy to drink.

In the early nineties, after raising his children, and having spent his career in the maritime industry, Francis Poirel began looking to purchase a wine-making estate and fulfill his dreams of becoming a wine-maker.  His goal was to take his place next to his wine-making friends and idols who were at the forefront of a “new wave” of wine-making which had rapidly spread in France during the 1980’s and 90’s.  These were passionate wine-makers who recognized that the future of modern wine-making was in fact a return to their roots and a more holistic approach to growing wine.  Only by doing this, they believed, would the regional wines of France regain their deserved place in a world filled with a sea of mass-produced, homogenous tasting wine. There is no added sugar to this wine, and no acidification. It takes approximately 1 vine to yield 1 glass of this nectar. Truly a nectar!

This late release is showing beautifully, with glazed peach and pear notes lifted by hints of orange zest, green tea and honeysuckle. Fleshy, unctuous and yet still fresh on a finish rounded off by a burnished edge. Drink now through 2018. 250 cases imported. 94pts WS

 

**Some retailers are selling this wine at $65/btl!!!



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