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Damien Laureau, 2022 Update

Damien Laureau, 2022 Update

Damien Laureau (pictured below) is one of four or five vignerons who today define what the Savennières and Savennières Roche-aux-Moines appellations are capable of. He has long been a leader, in terms of the sheer quality of his wine, in both appellations. Today he is joined at the top of the tree by a number of his peers, including Tessa Laroche, Thibaud Boudignon and Eric Morgat (among others, although not many others), all of which is good for sensible Savennières drinkers like you and me. To be frank, I don’t think there has ever been a better time to get into Savennières; those working at the top tier of the appellation are on a roll.

Damien Laureau

I last visited Damien late in 2020, during one of a small number of visits I made to France during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, when the focus was more about avoiding infection than exploring vineyards. My prime purpose for visiting was of course to deal with my house south of Chinon, which was in need of attention, but wanting to keep up with him and his work, and his latest releases, I managed to squeeze in a flying visit. On this more recent, rather more sedate and mask-free occasion, however, Damien and I met up in Angers.

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