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2015 Savennières Moelleux

Château d'Epiré

2015 Savennières Moelleux Château d'Epiré - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Ask anyone who has worked at KLWM for over twenty years to name their favorite wine from Kermit’s legendary cellar and you will get the same response: the 1947 Moelleux from Épiré. The aromas are too abundant to name, their beauty and intrigue unparalleled in the wine world. Here is your chance—if you can be patient—to create some of the most exciting memories of your wine life.

Dixon Brooke

$29.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Savennières
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Château d'Épiré
Winemaker: Luc Bizard
Vineyard: 30-55 years, 8.5 ha
Soil: Schist
Aging: Juice rests for 24 hours before being racked into stainless steel cuves or barrel for fermentation to begin
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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2013 Chinon “Clos du Chêne Vert”

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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