Damien Laureau’s 2018 La Petite Roche has a greater concentration of fruit than the 2016, riper acids and more succulence. To put this in perspective though, Laureau makes extremely pure, precise and mineral chenin blanc and the 2018 is true to form with just a little bit more flesh. A truly gorgeous wine for slightly earlier drinking.
This is a young-vines cuvée, and this sample was drawn from cuve, where the wine currently rests. It should be bottled in April 2019. The nose is very expressive, and very pure, reminiscent of citrus fruits rubbed on stone, with a particular touch of bitter lime. The palate starts off cool and lean, with some light and sandy fruit. Pure and lightly smoky, stony, with a little weight and a bitter grip in the finish. This is a charming, entry-level Savennières. 90-92 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, June 2019.