2014 La Source du Ruault "La Coulee d'Aunis" Saumur Blanc SKU #1309017


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Tasting Notes

I first met vigneron Jean-Noël Millon while attending an organic wine fair in the South of France. The wines were impressive, so we arranged to meet on my trip through the Loire a couple of months later. A visit to the winery led to a trip through the ancient cellar, which had been carved from the chalky stone (known as tuffeau) below two centuries before. As we progressed from chamber to chamber, it began to feel more a like a spelunking expedition. Ancient coins were pressed into the walls by past workers, the old wine press was still intact, even the old pulley system for transporting barrels and equipment to the surface was evident, though replaced by a just slightly more modern conveyance. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is such a beautiful wine! It has concentrated flavors of honey, hibiscus blossom, pineapple guava with just a hint of almond nuttiness, all underscored by a subtle toast from barrel fermentation. As the wine opened up and got a little closer to room temperature, the flavors exploded into a full on symphony for my taste buds. The texture is phenolically rich and the finish long, dry and crisp with zippy acidity. This is one white I want to put away to age for a few more years. ​
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the most serious contenders for my white wine of the year, this 100% Chenin Blanc, barrel-fermented wine delivers all the roasted apple and quince paste fruit of Chenin with just a note of marzipan. It has a fleshy Burgundian finesse that brings to mind Premier Cru Meursault. But at one-third the price, this is a worthy additon to your collection. Jean-Noël is a vigneron to watch, as we continue with his gorgeous and complex wines for years to come.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Seriously, why am I not drinking more Chennin Blanc? Especially when there are wines like this that have unbelievable complexity and totally reasonable prices. I swear there is something wrong with me. I am way into the La Coulee from La Source du Ruault. It's from a 1 hectare parcel, barrel fermented and aged. There is so much to get into here: a nose with mandarin oranges, candied lemon peel, navel oranges, honey and guava. A palate that is big, rich, heavy and intense. It may sound sweet, but is totally dry and beautifully crisp. If you ever come into Redwood City yell at me, tell me to buy a bottle of Chenin; you should probably pick one up too.


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