Savennieres is one of France's most frustrating wines. Some of the greatest bottles of white wine I have ever tasted have come from this appellation (a collection of three appellations, in fact): vintages Coulee de Serrant being the basis of that statement. The 1986, 1973 and 1969 of this legendary nectar have been burned into my memory - even 20+ years after the last time I drank them, I can still remember the way the wines danced and teased the palate with their mix of nervosity, beguiling aroma, and sheer beauty. Vintages of the modern era have impressed me less (much much less, in fact), but nonetheless I keep searching for the same emotion that I got from these wines.
Enter Damien Laureau.
Damien is a self taught winemaker who lept at the chance to buy a few hectares of Savennieres vineyards in the late 1990s, and latterly has added a few more. Whilst his wines possibly won't reach the dizzy heights of greatness of the vintages of Coulee de Serrant from bygone decades, he is now producing some of the best wines in the appellation. Having a few more vintages under his belt his style is developing: we reckon they're are becoming more elegant and precise, without the volume and richness of his earlier vintages