Aged for 12 months in wood, this has lost some of the fresh, inimitable Chenin Blanc taste. But it has gained in intensity and ageability, the wood bringing out vanilla and dark toast flavors while still keeping the full, fat fruit. Age for four years and this will round out impressively.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.