Clos Rougeard Brézé Saumur Blanc 2005
The 2005 Saumur Brézé from Clos Rougeard has a fairly rich hue in the glass, with a tinge of gold. The nose is impressive, with a seam of dried fruit, autumnal but also vibrant and firm, with notes of fennel too. Some of this may be related to the oak which is still apparent on the nose, tight and grainy, just a little honeyed. The palate has a firm and polished substance, but with very solid and upright character, and piles of grip and drying tannin. This is a wine for the future I think; although fascinating to taste now it is without doubt one that will improve and integrate over the coming years; just how long is difficult to predict, but I would try at least five years. Great wine, which is gently reminiscent of white Hermitage as much as Saumur.