and Jean-René Dhommé, Domaine Dhommé (2006)
Dhommés come from a family of rope makers and their old cellar on an island
in the Loire across the river from Chalonnes-sur-Loire
was originally built for this purpose. They became vignerons three generations ago with the inheritance of Le Clos de
Frasnaies, a revered lieu dit in
Chalonnes and have recently constructed a new cellar at the edge of
the town. They entered Savennières in 2006 after Antoine Vivier
relinquished part of his rented vines in Les Fougeraies back to Baron
inaugural 2006 vintage was aged in three year old barriques for six months
before bottling in April 2007. No malolactic, although batonnage was
employed. 2,000 bottles produced. The 2007 (tasted in February 2008) was
still in barrel and had not completed fermentation. This will go through
malolactic and is destined to spend longer in barrel.
Dhommés are competent winemakers and have obviously benefited from the
experience of growing Chenin on the same schistous soils that are found in
the vineyards of Chalonnes-sur-Loire.
Clean and fresh but a little simple with some faint salinity on the nose.
Clean and simple on entry. Some slate-like minerality behind the good
fresh acidity. There is a faint bitter twist on the finish. Drinking now
and unlikely to develop much further. Undistinguished. (02/10)
nose and slightly lactic (although no malolactic has taken place). Mid
weight, modern style. The wood shows a little. Fresh acidity and a good
citrus zip. Well focused. Good length. Youthful. Should develop for a few
years in bottle. Good.
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2 41 45 06 53
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