Laibach Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 2018
By Christian Eedes, 6 August 2019
The maiden vintage Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 2017 from Laibach was one of the finds of last year (see here) and the follow-up 2018 doesn’t disappoint.
Grapes from a 2011 block farmed organically, half are destemmed and the rest is allowed to ferment with carbonic maceration for three weeks, maturation thereafter lasting 11 months in a combination of concrete egg and 500-litre barrels.
The nose is very fragrant with notes of honeysuckle, citrus, peach, pineapple, a hint of bee’s wax plus a little spice in the background while the palate has excellent fruit concentration, tangy acidity and a slightly bitter finish. Plenty of weight and power, this’s the antithesis of the ethereal wines being made by the likes of Alheit or David & Nadia but compelling in its own way.
Editor’s rating: 94/100.