Damien Laureau, 2020 Update
If we were to draw up a shortlist of those jostling for position at the top of the tree in the Savennières appellation it seems to me that Damien Laureau (pictured below) would be in the mix, and quite possibly at the top of the mix. I have now been meeting and tasting with Damien for the best part of ten years, and during that time I have seen the quality in his small portfolio of wines go from strength to strength.
To be more specific, the Savennières Roche-aux-Moines cuvée is perhaps the greatest example from that appellation, with only the wines of Tessa Laroche, and perhaps those of Château Pierre-Bise, likely to provide any challenge. After the brilliant 2015 vintage, one which I made sure to add to the cellar, on this encounter I had my first taste of the 2016 vintage.