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2015 Vouvray

Champalou

2015 Vouvray Champalou - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Ever dreamt of sinking into a puffy cloud of Chenin Blanc? Supple, fine, and seductively perfumed with sweet golden plums, the 2015 Champalou sec is as tender and comforting as a fluffy Vouvray pillow. It does not smell woolly, but it may well make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Anthony Lynch

$19.95
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Vouvray
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Champalou
Winemaker: Catherine & Didier Champalou
Vineyard: 35 years average, 13.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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2016 Coteaux du Loir Blanc

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2015 Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu sur lie “La Nöe”

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2015 Chardonnay

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2013 Chinon “Clos du Chêne Vert”

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N.V. Vouvray Brut “Méthode Traditionnelle”

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2016 Bourgueil “Trinch”

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2015 Savennières Moelleux

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2015 Chinon “Beaumont”

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2014 Bourgueil “Nuits d‘Ivresse”

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2012 Bourgueil “Clos Sénéchal”

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2013 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie”

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2015 Savennières “Cuvée Spéciale”

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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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