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2018 Domaine Belargus Anjou Ronceray

2018 Domaine Belargus Anjou Ronceray

Producer: Domaine Belargus

Region: Coteaux du Layon, Anjou, Loire Valley

Country: France

Grapes: 100% Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2018

ABV: 13.50%

Vivino: 4.2
Drink By: 2030

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Occasional Wine Note: Here is another "discovery" from our friends at Aline Wines.  It is a stunning representation of a French Chenin Blanc. The Ronceray vineyards are adjacent to the only Grand Cru vineyard in the Loire Valley, the prized Quartz de Chaume. There's the signature Chenin Blanc bite and lot of minerality with a bit of honey and tropical fruits. It is a great compliment to a spicy shellfish dish. Fantastic!

  • Wine Advocate

    Critic Score: 94

    The 2018 Anjou Ronceray assembles all the plots of the Domaine on the Quarts-de-Chaume rump. Its name refers to the abbey of the same name, owner of the Chaume vineyards since the 11th century, reports Ivan Massonat, who stresses the complex geology of the terroir that combines schists and pudding sandstone. The bouquet of the golden-yellow 2018 is noble, perfectly ripe and concentrated in its elegant stone fruit aromas that intermingle with precise and refreshing slate as well as lemony notes.

    Filigreed, finessed and perfectly round and intense on the palate, this is a gorgeous Chenin with intense fruit, lush fruit concentration, lots of extract, fine tannins but also finesse and balance. Grapefruit bitters on the finish. To me, this is a picture-book Anjou from Rochefort-sur-Loire, and it is characterized by richness, finesse and elegance. Irresistible.

  • Decanter

    Critic Score: 92

    Ronceray is the most important cuvée of the estate and extends over more than 4ha on clay, schist, sandstone and pudding-stone soils. Pear, spices, flowers, menthol, a mouthfeel of roundness but with remarkable vibrancy on the mid-palate and then a light-footed finish. A fresh, complex Anjou white that has rectitude and precision. 

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