Olivier and Florence Dufour, Domaine de la Belle Angevine (2006)

This domaine which takes its name from a 15th century heroine, was founded by Florence Dufour in the early 1990s and was originally based in St Lambert-du-Lattay before relocating to a custom built cellar in La Motte some ten years ago. The family resides on the island of Béhuard and work 19 hectares of vineyards around St Lambert-sur-Lattay and Beaulieu-sur-Loire. Like Dhommé, their first vintage in Savennières was in 2006, renting from the same 50 year old parcel of vines in Les Fougeraies vacated by Antoine Vivier.

Wine Overview:  
The first release here was from vines that yielded just 18 hl/ha. The wine itself was raised in fibre-glass tanks and bottled in June 2007. 

The Wines:  
It is difficult to comment on the overall quality and style of a domaine based on the tasting of a single wine in bottle, but the 2006 below and the 2007 tasted in tank suggest the style for the future is likely to be more traditional, rustic with firm acidity. I wasn’t overly impressed at this stage.

2009 ‘Le Royauté
Floral nose with hints of quince. A bit resinous. Unknit, tight, lean and mean. There's no joy here. Austere and mineral and lacks any fruit. Pithy finish. Poor. (02/11) 

2005 Savennières 
Very deep appearance. Yellow/gold. Light and quite lean on the nose. Tight, chalky and mineral displaying green fruits. Herbal and lean with a chalky texture. The wine didn’t undergo malolactic. Some terpine flavours. The acid carries the finish. A little phenolic. Ordinary. Unlikely to improve.  (02/08)

Florence and Olivier Dufour Delerive  
Domaine de la Belle Angevine  
T: +33 2 41 78 34 86  
F: +33 2 41 72 81 58  



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