Patrice Grasset Chenin Blanc Review
Patrice Merceron is a third-generation French winemaker at J. de Villebois and joined Naked Wines and produces wine under the brand Patrice Grasset a few years ago. He mainly produces very popular white wines from Loire Valley for Naked Wines.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2021 Patrice Grasset Chenin Blanc
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Region: Loire Valley, France
Retail price: $30.99
Angel price: $15.99
Angels who would buy again: 91% of 235 would buy again
I consumed it: February 2023
My source: Nakedwines.com
The Back Label
Wine color/style: White wine
Grape variety or blend: Chenin blanc
Tasting notes: Food-friendly
Patrice Grasset Chenin Blanc: What I think
I’m used to a fruit-forward, aromatic, opulent Chenin Blanc like the ones I get from Thacher Winery or Lone Madrone in Paso Robles.
This was not that. This was an understated, elegant wine with subtle hints of grapefruit and salinity. It was balanced and food-friendly, but just… subtle.
I can chalk this one up to the old wine adage that California wines are overripe when compared with French wines. Frankly I like the bolder style, but it’s also what I cut my teeth on. The biggest benefit of the French style of wine is that it goes well with more types of food.
Either way, a $15.99 Loire Valley Chenin Blanc that I’d happily drink again is a good thing to keep on my radar.
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