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Domaine Jo Pithon Quarts De Chaume Les Varennes 1997

Domaine Jo Pithon - Loire Valley - France - Anjou-Saumur - Quarts De Chaume

Professional Wine Reviews for Domaine Jo Pithon Quarts De Chaume Les Varennes 1997

Rated 94 by Wine Spectator
Thick, with maple syrup, fig, crème brûlée and toasted pecan flavors that ooze across the palate. Dense finish, with smoke, ginger and green tea notes. Heady stuff; not for the uninitiated. Drink now through 2015. 400 cases made.
Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The amber-colored 1997 Quarts de Chaume is caramel-scented, has untold richness, and a syrupy-texture. Plum, raspberry, apricot, and peach jams make up this dense, plump, viscous wine's personality. It is full-bodied, verging on unctuous,... read more... Additional information »
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Winery: Domaine Jo Pithon

Varietal: Chenin Blanc

Originating in France yet now grown in many parts of the New World, Chenin Blanc is one of the most versatile and highly regarded white wine grape varietals on earth. These green skinned grapes hold a relatively high acid content, and as such can be used for making still white wines of exceptional quality, as well as superb sparkling wines (such as the Crémant wines of the Loire Valley) and extremely aromatic dessert wines. Their natural transparency means that they are a fine grape for expressing their terroir in the bottle, and winemakers often experiment with this varietal to coax unusual and intense flavors from the grapes, such as allowing the development of noble rot on the fruit in order to make sweet and viscous wines of a unique character.

Region: Loire Valley

The Loire Valley in France is home to many of the world's finest examples of white, rosé and sparkling wines, with a wide range of both dry and sweet examples being produced each year to international claim. Whilst Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc make up for much of the vineyards in the region, certain areas of the Loire Valley also produce superb red wines, such as the Cabernet Franc wines from the Chenin sub-region. This variety and level of excellence has long been admired, with the Loire Valley being highly favored in the middle ages by the crowned heads of Europe, and with a wine-making tradition which stretches back to the first century and perhaps beyond. The region has a wonderful continental climate, where hot summers meet oceanic winds, and excellent rich terroir carried by the river that flows through it.

Country: France

Year in, year out, France enjoys its prestigious reputation as the producer of the finest wines in the world. With a wine making history which spans several thousand years and owes its expertise to the Romans, it comes as little surprise that this most highly esteemed of the Old World wine countries continues to impress and enchant both novices and experts to this day. Despite the rise in quality of wines from neighboring European countries, not to mention the New World, the French wine industry continues to boom, with up to eight billion bottles being produced in recent years. However, France prides itself on always putting quality before quantity, and the wide range in fine produce is a testament to the dedication and knowledge of the wineries across the country. Indeed, from rich and complex reds to light and aromatic white wines, French wines are as varied and interesting as they are enjoyable to drink, making this country a firm favorite for wine lovers across the globe.