A lovely Loire Chenin: Richard Leroy Les Rouliers 2012

richard leroy les rouliers

I’ve had this wine a couple of times now (both times at Noble Rot, but Sager & Wilde are also listing it). It’s a stunning wine that has the most amazing matchstick reduction integrated into the richer Chenin flavours to great effect. This is a perfect example of a wine character that could be seen as a fault (reduction) acting as a positive. Richard Leroy farms 2.7 hectares in Anjou, Loire, and this wine, which comes from a 0.7 ha plot (Les Rouliers) with schist soils, is made without any added sulfur dioxide.

Richard Leroy Les Rouliers Chenin 2012 Vin de France
Amazingly intense matchstick nose is mineral and taut with citrus, flint and spice. The palate has ripe apple, spice and pear with lovely bright citrus notes. Complex and detailed with amazing integrated reductive mineral notes. So expressive. 95/100

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2 comments to A lovely Loire Chenin: Richard Leroy Les Rouliers 2012

  • Bob Rossi

    Not that I’m ever likely to see this wine, but I wonder why it’s a Vin de France designation when it’s Chenin Blanc. I’m sure the producer has a good reason.

  • Bob Rossi

    Sorry, I should have used Google first before I made my first comment. Now I see why.

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