Domaine Gigou Selection Raisins Nobles 2010 Jasnières

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Domaine Gigou Selection Raisins Nobles 2010 Jasnières
Region Jasnières, on the banks of Le Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Semi-sweet (moelleux) white
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Aperitif, blue cheese, fruit puddings, creme brulée 
Next day 
Even better - lasts for weeks once opened
Drink Wonderful now, but will age for 20 years or more

A glorious medium-deep amber/gold colour. The nose is equally glorious - classic late-harvest Chenin Blanc aromas of lime oil, bruised apple, raisin and orange peel, accompanied by pronounced wet stone and wet wool notes and subtle hints of preserved root ginger and beeswax. I'm not sure how much botrytis the 2010 vintage enjoyed, but I suspect this is more in the way of passerillé (grapes dried on the vine) because, whilst the texture is rich and gently honeyed, it is tremendously focused and tightly-structured. With a fair amount of residual sugar, the palate falls somewhere between demi-sec and moelleux. Layer upon layer of preserved white fruits, honey, lime oil and mandarin orange coat the tongue, with the oily/honeyed texture offset by a massive layer of stoney minerality and fantastically eye-watering apple/citrus-tinged acidity. The combination of - or perhaps the contrast between - lush, sweet, raisined fruit, mineral tang and elevated acidity really is something to behold, and makes for a wonderfully contrary wine, with a long, lingering, spicy, bitter-sweet finish. An outstandingly brilliant wine, which will probably be even greater in another 10-20 years - and certainly a match for the very best sweet wines of La Loire.