les chanteaux top dry loire valley chenin blanc Couly-Dutheil’s Les Chanteaux named #2 Top Dry Loire Valley Chenin Blanc

Decanter has named their Top 5 Dry Loire Valley Chenin Blancs, and Couly-Dutheils Les Chanteaux 2015 rings in at number two! “Chenin Blanc is the Loire’s most fascinating and diverse grape variety,” according to Decanter. With an overall rating of 93 points, Decanter describes Les Chanteaux as having enticing aromas of ripe pear, chalk, and minerals.  The flavors show the same confidence with a touch of ginger spice and honey in a supple, energetic style with stony depth. An engaging wine full of charm and seductive balance.  The ideal drinking range for Les Chanteaux 2015 is 2017-2020, and it has 13.5% ABV.

Since 1921, Couly-Dutheil has been well known for the quality of its wines served at the most prestigious tables in France. Couly-Dutheil was established by Baptiste Dutheil, then developed by René Couly, who married Madeleine Dutheil. Located in the Chinon region of the Loire Valley, the House of Couly-Dutheil has become over the years the great name for Chinon. Today, the house remains a family house owned by the 3rd and 4th generation. The Chinon region has all the qualities of the greatest soils.  Its semi-oceanic climate is exceptionally mild and benefits from long sunny periods. The variety of soils and their particular qualities allows their grapes to express all their fineness. Wines from the Loire Valley is predicted to be one of the main wine trends for 2017.

Tasters on the Decanter panel tasting were Jim Budd, Chris Kissack, and Ben Llewelyn.


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Emily Jane Coffman
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