La Grange Tiphaine, 2019 Update

The appellation of Montlouis-sur-Loire has one or two imposing figureheads, but it is certainly worth looking beyond these most famous names to some of the other vignerons working in this appellation, once so maligned but today a fascinating source of Chenin Blanc. One of these is Damien Delecheneau, a relatively young vigneron who has a meticulous approach in vineyards and cellars, and he turns out wines to challenge some of the very best in the region. Not only that, looking beyond Chenin Blanc and Montlouis-sur-Loire, he also produces a wonderful range of reds in the Touraine and Touraine Amboise appellations; many of these blends feature Côt, the variety that started my week in the shape of the 2017 Côt Vieilles Vignes from Xavier Weisskopf.

Domaine La Grange Tiphaine

On this most recent encounter with Damien and his wife Coralie (pictured above), I tasted recent releases from the latest vintages, including 2018, 2017 and 2016.

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