Stéphane Cossais Le Volagré Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2008

$75

With the help of the Foucaults and Francois Chidaine, Standeacute;phane was able to obtain about 3 hectares of Chenin vines in Montlouis to begin his quest. After a series of backbreaking vintages, he finally made a wine he was proud of in 2004, and he was off and running. Though he started out making several cuvandeacute;es, he finally settled on just one, Le Volagrandeacute;. His strict farming principles and exacting care in the cellar allowed him to produce wines of immense purity, transparency and definition. He was a man in pursuit of perfection and by all accounts was on the path to make a wine that would rival his mentors' when his life was cut tragically short in 2009 at the young age of 42. His friend and colleague Frantz Saumon took care of wrapping up theandnbsp;andeacute;landeacute;vage and bottling of his final vintage, 2008. Despite his incredibly premature departure,andnbsp;Standeacute;phaneand#39;sandnbsp;final wine is absolutely full of life and joy. It is a fitting culmination of many years of sweat and stress and a fantastic testament to the progress and emergence of his great talent. Given Standeacute;phane's unparelled lineage and the sheer class of this wine, we were surprised and thrilled when we were offered some recently, and we grabbed as much as possible. It's a little disheartening to imagine the heights that Cossais might have reached as he continued to mature as a vigneron, but it's also a pleasure to see that his final work was exactly what he set out to achieve andndash; a breathtaking Chenin to match the great Brandeacute;zandeacute;.

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Ratings on Delectable

Lyle Fass Delectable Pro

Founder Fass Selections

Spectacular. Like white burgundy made from Chenin. Wonderful. Terrific wood treatment.

Spectacular. Like white burgundy made from Chenin. Wonderful. Terrific wood treatment.

9.4

Josh Orr Delectable Pro

Still holding on to its youth. Chenin makes me very happy at the moment

Still holding on to its youth. Chenin makes me very happy at the moment

9.0

Marc Stubblefield Delectable Pro

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

Damn, this wine gets me. Profound and captivating, a wine I keep thinking about weeks later. This vintage is rounder and fleshier, pushing closer to great white Burgundy, where the 07 is more acid and Chenin wooly/sappy. Wow. So sad to have only just found these wines after Stephane's untimely death.

Damn, this wine gets me. Profound and captivating, a wine I keep thinking about weeks later. This vintage is rounder and fleshier, pushing closer to great white Burgundy, where the 07 is more acid and Chenin wooly/sappy. Wow. So sad to have only just found these wines after Stephane's untimely death.

9.3

Alex Alan Delectable Pro

Wine Director Hotel Delmano

Winemaker had a heart attack in the vineyard. Such a sad story. The wine is a stunner. Refined and full of joy.

Winemaker had a heart attack in the vineyard. Such a sad story. The wine is a stunner. Refined and full of joy.

9.2

Mike Martin @TheWineShepherd Delectable Pro

Wine Buyer Vintry Fine Wines

Some Stephane Cossais to start the year off correctly.. #Loire #Chenin @Renégat Wines @Patrick Cappiello

Some Stephane Cossais to start the year off correctly.. #Loire #Chenin @Renégat Wines @Patrick Cappiello

9.2

EatSommThings (Jimmy) Delectable Pro

Racey acidity. Lemon and vanilla on palate with medium plus body. Really well made like a Chablis

Racey acidity. Lemon and vanilla on palate with medium plus body. Really well made like a Chablis

9.3

Alan Murray Delectable Pro

Oak on Chenin. ?!?!?

Oak on Chenin. ?!?!?

8.7

Paul Einbund Delectable Pro

Wine Director/Sommelier Frances

Ok so the microbes are funky but as the last vintage j give it a sentimental 10!!! Long Chardonnay finish very interesting fun wine

Ok so the microbes are funky but as the last vintage j give it a sentimental 10!!! Long Chardonnay finish very interesting fun wine

8.8

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