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Château La Varière Bonnezeaux Les Melleresses


Chateau La Variere Bonnezeaux Les Melleresses has a ripe and concentrated nose, combining citrus fruits, sweet spices and tropical fruits. Similarly concentrated on the palate, both rich and harmonious. Despite its weightiness and oily texture, it is initially restrained due to its youth, showing candied peel, dried apricot and quince with its sweetness countered by a disarmingly fresh level of acidity. Delicious now, but with plenty more enjoyment to come.

Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Subregion: Bonnezeaux
Vintage: 2009
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc
ABV: 11.5%
Bottle Size: 50cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Mind bendingly concentrated and rich
Drink With: Foie gras en brioche

Shortly after taking over at Château La Varière, Jacques Beaujeau bought a parcel of vines in Bonnezeaux about 10 kilometres south of Brissac. His Les Melleresses vineyard is wonderfully sited in relation to the River Layon for the early and extensive development of noble rot. Varière's parcel of Bonnezeaux is at the western end of the appellation, on steep, south facing slopes just above the distillery of the small town of Thouarcé.

Gold Medal Winner, Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 (2014 Vintage)