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2015 Chardonnay

Éric Chevalier

2015 Chardonnay Éric Chevalier - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Are you looking for a wine that will surprise the most trained palates? Chevalier’s Chardonnay is what you need. Its sharp minerality and bone-dry finale, forerun by enchanting stone fruit aromas, reminds you that Muscadet is not far away!

Caterina Brault

$16.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Vin de Pays du Val de Loire
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Éric Chevalier
Winemaker: Éric Chevalier
Vineyard: 10 - 15 years, 3 ha
Soil: Serpentinite, eclogite, quartz
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 11%

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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 Pinot Gris

Domaine de Reuilly  France  |  Loire  |  Reuilly

$20.00

NV Vouvray Brut “La Dilettante”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$26.00

2003 Vouvray “Trie de Vendange”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$74.00

2016 Coteaux du Loir Blanc

Pascal Janvier  France  |  Loire  |  Coteaux du Loir

$19.00

2016 Jasnières

Pascal Janvier  France  |  Loire  |  Jasnières

$21.00

2015 Quincy “Vieilles Vignes”

Domaine Trotereau  France  |  Loire  |  Quincy

$25.00

2016 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes”

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$16.00

2015 Bourgueil “Les Galichets”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$30.00

2015 Vouvray “La Moelleuse”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$45.00

2013 Chinon “Clos du Chêne Vert”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$52.00

NV Vouvray Brut

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$23.00

2014 Chinon “Le Clos Guillot”

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$38.00

Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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