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N.V. Vouvray Brut “Méthode Traditionnelle”

Champalou

N.V. Vouvray Brut “Méthode Traditionnelle” Champalou - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Didier Champalou often likes to surprise guests by serving aged vintages of his sparkling Vouvray from the family cellar. Golden and honeyed, the wine maintains a lively freshness and exudes breathtaking aromatic complexity. Should you choose to indulge today, you can expect a racy, bone-dry, mineral sparkler with a fine bead and deep, focused structure. This is yet another compelling testament to the Chenin Blanc grape’s versatility and the Champalou family’s mastery of Chenin in all styles—you simply can’t go wrong.

Anthony Lynch

$23.00
Vintage: N.V.
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Vouvray
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Champalou
Winemaker: Catherine & Didier Champalou
Vineyard: 20 years average, 3.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Sustainable
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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2016 Jasnières

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2012 Chinon “Saint Louans”

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2015 Vouvray “La Dilettante”

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2016 Muscadet “Le Clos de la Butte”

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2013 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Gorges”

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2015 Chinon “Beaumont”

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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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