2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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Antoine spearheaded the resurrection of this nearly lost varietal back in the ’90s. Today his son Antoine-Marie is leading the way on its path to the pantheon of noble grapes, now that the vines are a bit older and the domaine has more experience with the varietal under its belt. There is something exotic here, something herbal, quite serious with great tension.
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch
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