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2015 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes”

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie

2015 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes” Domaine de la Chanteleuserie - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this pristine Cabernet Franc is made to be enjoyed young. There’s tannic structure and bright acidity along with juicy fruit—think fraises des bois, or wild strawberries, and just the slightest hint of mushrooms. An easy go-to wine—pair it with a plate of charcuterie for an hors d’oeuvre that can be put together effortlessly after an afternoon on the trail. –Emily Spillmann
$16.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Bourgueil
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine de la Chanteleuserie
Winemaker: Thierry Boucard
Vineyard: Planted from 1967 - 1980, 8 ha
Soil: Sand, Clay
Aging: Fermented and aged in stainless steel cuves
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12%

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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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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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