Joseph Renou & Fils, Domaine du Petit Metris (1994)  

The Renou family have been at this domaine just outside of St Aubin de Luigné since 1742. They own 30 hectares of vineyards in both Chaume and Quarts de Chaume. The estate is now run by Joseph Renou’s sons, Pascal and Hervé. The brothers have two rented parcels on the plateau of Savennières: Le Clos de Marche and Les Fougeraies, planted in 1990 and 2001 respectively.

Wine Overview:  
The two parcels are vinified and marketed separately with the younger vine ‘Les Fougeraies’ being raised in tank, whilst ‘Le Clos de la Marche’ is fermented and aged in larger wood. The malolactic fermentations are generally avoided in both wines.

The Wines:  
These are competent rather than exciting Savennières although they do exhibit the characteristics of their provenance and, in most cases, their vintage.  

2007 ‘Clos de la Marche’  
Clean, but a little dilute and with a saline edge. Quite closed, but shows some floral notes. Clean but undistinguished on the palate. Soft and creamy with good freshness and balance, but also simple and monotone. White flowers to the finish with the palate falling a bit short. This is already somewhat advanced. (02/10)

2006 ‘Les Fougeraies’  
Polished. Mid-full yellow/straw. Clean, but quite simple, neutral and flat on the nose. A bit closed. Dry on entry with decent weight. The palate is more open. Clean, well balanced and in a more delicate, lighter style with an underlying richness. Good length. Attractive, forward and easy drinking. Approachable now, but should hold for a couple of years. (02/08)

2006 ‘Clos de la Marche’  
Polished. Mid-full yellow. The wood is quite chunky at present on both nose and palate. Well structured, although the plankiness of the oak at this stage gives the impression of some sweetness. Currently a bit clumsy, it may come together in bottle. (02/08)

2005 ‘Clos de la Marche’
Bright. Pale straw appearance. Clean, but quite neutral nose with a hint of simple sweetness on the palate. Still very primary. Finishes short and the acid is currently a bit loose. This may come together with time in bottle. (04/08)

2004 ‘Clos de la Marche’
Mid-depth straw. Delicate, open and attractive nose with a gentle hint of honey. Mid full on entry. Quite a broad structure and appears drier and more mineral than above. Well focused with good balance and length. Understated. Good mineral edge. Just the impression of oak. Approachable now, but will continue to improve. (04/08)

2003 ‘Clos de la Marche’
Polished. Mid-depth green/yellow. More viscous in the glass. Quite closed on the nose, but broad behind. Gentle, but inexpressive at present. The palate shows the heat of the year, but retains a taut, mineral edge. Some liquorish flavours. Builds well and has a good structure. Quite powerful and pithy on the finish. Ideally needs more time. (04/08)

2002 ‘Clos de la Marche’
Polished. Mid-full yellow. Open but mature nose. More Layon-like, showing some richness of sweeter style Chenin’s. Atypical nose for the appellation, but attractive all the same with tropical fruits and honey. Dry on entry and shows some evolution. Hints of green fruits combined with asparagus/asparagus water. Good minerality behind. Builds well. Quite severe, but authentic acidity. The nose is a complete contradiction to the palate. Approachable now, but would benefit with further age in bottle. (04/08)

2001 ‘Clos de la Marche’
Polished. Very deep orange/bronze. Typical colour of the vintage. Medicinal nose of cloves and dried spices and orange peel with some savoury hints. ‘Dry’ botrytis nose. Lean, dry and austere and carries the flavours of the nose onto the palate. Stony to the finish. This is showing some advanced characters and falls a bit short with a hint of bitterness. This is a true expression of the vintage. It is now at its peak and is unlikely to improve, although it could be expected to hold like this for many more years. A wine for Chenin purists. (04/08)

2000 ‘Clos de la Marche’
Dry and austere on entry with a good mineral edge. Some evolution with terpine flavours. Excellent focus to the acidity – more like the acid profile of Riesling than Chenin – Taut and powerful to the finish with some phenolic grip. Drinking now, but it will continue to evolve over the coming years. (04/08)

Joseph Renou  
Domaine Petit Metris  
St Aubin-de-Luigne
T: +33 2 41 78 33 33
F: +33 2 41 78 67 77


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