Thursday, April 5, 2012

Domaine Regnier Saumur-Champigny 2009

It was suggested to me recently that 2010 was a more classic vintage in the Loire than 2009, which was overly ripe...and if this wine in comparison to the 2010 Saumur-Champigny I had last week is any indication, that's right. This wine is good, but definitely lacks the same balance and poise that the 2010 Domaine Roche Neuves had. Just a bit flabby and blowsy in comparison. One good thing: this is cheaper--$13 instead of $20.

Lemon. Mineral. Acid. Delicious and perfect for around $9. 

Rustic, with lots of dried cherries and acidity. Not bad for around $10, and certainly Italian. 
Delicious with precise raspberry flavors and hints of spice. Definitely worth $13--delicious. From K&L. 

2 comments:

Cabfrancophile said...

If the implication was from me, I wasn't implying 2009 in the Loire was overripe. Only that it was a significantly riper year than most. I've heard very good things about it, actually, especially relative to 2007 and 2008.

But as far as other recent vintages, 2005 was the blockbuster while 2006 was "only" a good follow-up year. Yet I've enjoyed the 2006s just as much as the 2005s, though they are not as tannic or powerful. This is where I wonder, if the 2006s are accessible earlier does that really make them inferior?

My impression is that 2010 will have wines that are elegant, yet not overly herbaceous. The 2009s will probably last longer, but I don't need a cellar full of wines I can't touch until 2015+.

Jeff said...

Yeah...totally makes sense. I've had a few other wines from 09 and I guess maybe overripe is too broad. Like you just pointed out, they are a lot riper than normal. In this case, almost a wee bit flabby, although certainly not Napa proportions!