Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Clos de Sainte Catherine, Loire Valley 2009 $79
A superb sweet chenin blanc wine from a top maker. The colour is light, bright yellow; the bouquet is pristinely clean and pure, honey and pineapple, a hint of toastiness, while the palate is balanced and rich, fine and long. It’s still young and needs time. (13 per cent alcohol.) Score 95 ★★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Best in two to 15 years.
Food idea: Goat cheeses, fresh or slightly aged.
Stockists: Annandale Cellars and Fiveway Cellars (NSW); Rathdowne Cellars (Vic).
Price Benchmark: $56.00 Avg 95pt 2009 Chenin Blanc tasted from France