This is a 6 bottle mixed case containing 2x each of the following wines from Chateau d'Epiré:
2018 Savennieres ‘Le Parc’
2016 Savennieres ‘Cuvée Speciale’
2015 Savennieres ‘Maître de Chais’
2018 Savennieres ‘Le Parc’
When Paul Bizard took over from his father in 2018, he was keen to retain the estate’s traditional approach, but has re-named a number of the wines produced, to give a truer recognition of their origin. The ‘Le Parc’, formerly simply known as simply ‘Savennieres’, is a Cuvee produced from the 4.5 ha vineyards of ‘Le Parc’, which surround the Chateau of Epiré. More open and accessible in its youth than the other cuvees, this is a perfect introduction to the wines of Savennieres, and to the range of the Domaine. It has an attractive fresh, floral and delicately honeyed bouquet, combined with ample citrus and green apple and orchard fruits, a steely wet slate minerality and vibrant acidity. More fruit driven, than some of the other cuvées, there is also a delicate and rounding creaminess that enhances the experience. There is a wonderful refined quality, which follows on through the rage and it is elegantly balanced. Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany fish and white meat dishes. This is a great diving off point, a wonderful entry into the revered range of the ancient Chateau D’Epiré.
2016 Savennieres ‘Speciale’
We have always loved the Cuvée Speciale, and found it to be one of the finest in Epiré’s range in terms of energy and complexity. It is sourced exclusively from the domaine’s best vineyard, Le Hu-Boyau, one of the highest-lying vineyards in Savennieres. The southern and southern-eastern exposure also brings incredible ripeness to the grapes, whilst the proximity to the Loire River keeps the temperatures moderate. It is fermented in stainless steel vats and then aged for 9 months in old oak and chestnut barrels. The structure of this wine allows it to age and develop for up to 15 years. This dry wine is rich, densely textured with powerful apple, tart citrus and clementine fruits coming through with a backbone of spice and creaminess from the wood and a pleasant touch of rounding honeyed sweetness. Everything is harmoniously balanced with the addition of mouth-watering acidity and a steely minerality, and the length is something else. A perfect partner to a range of appetizers and creamy fish dishes! This cuvée is really starting to come into its own now that it has had over a half a decade to round and mature, developing wonderful secondary flavours.
2015 Maître de Chais
The sensational Cuvee Maitre du Chais 2015, is a real revelation. This superb Savennieres was the 'baby' of Epire's cellar master Christophe. Produced from carefully selected grapes from their best plots, like Vilmart's Coeur de Cuvee, the first pressed juice is set aside, so that only the 'heart of the cuvee' is retained. This is transferred into a single accacia cask to begin its slow fermentation, with natural yeasts. There is obviously no malo-lactic fermentation to ensure that the Savennieres' mineralitly is retained and it is left to age 'sur lie'. A wine of minimum intervention, but nonetheless having received extra special care and attention from the doting Christophe. This really is an exceptional Savennieres, with the same line and mineral expression as the Cuvee Speciale, but with a much greater intensity, gras and length. The balance here is perfect. Unfortunately, as with all good things, quantities are rather limited, so grab this one whilst you can!