Domaine Jousset Renards 2018
Renards is a brilliant dry Montlouis and certainly one of the finest dry Chenins of the Loire, made from 60 to 80-year-old Chenin vines on clay soils called "Aubuis" over Turonian limestone. All cellar functions are by gravity without pumping, fermentation is in two and three-year-old 400 and 600-litre barrels. (The Joussets have banned all mechanization from this beautiful vineyard since 2015 - only people, horses and wheelbarrows allowed!) Best if decanted two hours in advance, the wine shows complex mineral-infused aromas of citrus, pear, lime-flower and honey. The palate is lean and mineral with white fruits, racy citrus flavours and fresh herbs framed in saline acids. Serve this crystalline Montlouis with shellfish, scallops, foie gras, chicken with cream sauce and aged cheeses.