$98.00

Wow, what a wine! This is the best vintage yet, with 2020 providing perfect growing conditions. The wine has an appealing reduction on opening, subtle and inviting. Compared to Fragile, this is more refined and restrained, less flamboyant if you like. There are notes of lime, freshly sliced apples, honeydew, peach and white flowers. When you taste there is an extreme sense of purity. Everything is in perfect balance, and the acidity and drive lingers forever. Very clean on the palate, with a fine texture and linear delivery. The complex array of flavours of lime, honeydew melon, apple, lemon and salt gently caress the palate. The flavours and acidity intermingle and the length is extraordinary. The tension on the finish screams schist. A friend and sommelier guessed this blind as Anjou Chenin, noting that it was of similar quality to the best bottles from Richard Leroy or Stéphane Bernadeau. When I revealed the wine, he was stunned, and had never even heard of La Grange aux Belles. A classy wine to savour, and beautiful to witness on day two. Ryan Larkin (Importer)

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