“Short, squat, and plump” like the pear called Beurre d’Anjou is an appropriate summary of today’s accompaniment to my cheese board.

It’s a nice wine if this particular sweet style suits you. It shows how the basic sweet wines of Anjou, France, have improved over the last ten years or so. But this wine is not a showcase piece of one of the ‘sugar hunters’ in the region and neither has it any botrytis characteristics.

Tasting Note (6.1.2013 G.M.)

Château du Breuil – Coteaux du Layon, 2011, 13% Vol.

variety: Chenin Blanc

style: sweet white wine (still)

region: AOC Coteaux du Layon

producer: Château du Breuil

Georges’ Score: C

The nose is elegant with hints of honey and a floral character. The palate is fruity with flavours of pear and passion fruit. The wine is well balanced but a little dilute on the middle palate and short in the finish. Overall the attractive, polished sweet wine (maybe 80 g of sugar) has attractive weight to offer with a sweet, soft character.

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