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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

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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2015 Sancerre Rouge

Daniel Chotard  France  |  Loire  |  Sancerre

$28.00

2012 Saumur Blanc “Clos de L’Écotard”

Thierry Germain  France  |  Loire  |  Saumur

$40.00

2015 Vouvray “La Moelleuse”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$45.00

2017 Cheverny

Domaine du Salvard  France  |  Loire  |  Cheverny

$18.00

2015 Bourgueil “Nuits d‘Ivresse”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$36.00
$29.00

2014 Chinon “La Croix Boissée”

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$48.00

2013 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Gorges”

Domaine Michel Brégeon  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet

$40.00

2013 Saumur Blanc “Clos de L’Écotard”

Thierry Germain  France  |  Loire  |  Saumur

$40.00

2017 Bourgueil Rosé

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$16.00

2014 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie” MAGNUM

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$128.00

2015 Vouvray “Le Portail” MAGNUM

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$85.00

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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