Domaine du Closel (Chateau des Vaults), Savennieres, Clos du Papillon 2018 (1.5L)
95 Points Decanter
Drought and scorching heat during the summer marked this very interesting vintage. Bottled in January 2020. A bit of grassiness as well as menthol and mineral-like notes infuse the perfectly ripe white fruit, notably pear. An overall impression of focused clarity and minerality, as well as a silky texture for a 2018 that is taut and weightless. Has real ageing potential. 30 hl/ha.
94 Points Wine Spectator
An extremely minerally style, with wet stone and sel gris accents up front. Korean pear, quince and yellow apple flavors emerge, followed by thyme and pickled ginger details midpalate, exhibiting full intensity. Hints of white pepper meet the mineral elements that circle back on the mouthwatering finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
From one of the best-known vineyards in Savennières, this rich wine is packed with yellow fruits laced with citrus and almond flavors. The richness is still young and vibrant with acidity. With time the wine will deepen and become more concentrated. Drink from 2021.
93 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From 40-year-old vines on schist and volcanic rocks and aged in oak for 14 months (plus two months in tanks), the 2018 Savennières Clos du Papillon opens with a bright, pure, intense and multifaceted bouquet of crushed stones, lemon oil, ripe pears and floral aromas. Round and fascinatingly finessed on the palate, this is a very elegant, dense and persistently salty Papillon with an intense, round (almost sweet) and sustainable finish. A great wine again that deserves another couple of years of bottle aging.
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