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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

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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2012 Saumur-Champigny “La Marginale”

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2017 Sancerre

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2013 Saumur-Champigny “Franc de Pied”

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2014 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie”

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2012 Saumur-Champigny “Franc de Pied”

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2015 Vouvray “Le Portail” MAGNUM

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2014 Chinon “Le Clos Guillot”

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2016 Quincy “Vieilles Vignes”

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2014 Chinon “Les Varennes du Grand Clos”

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2011 Muscadet Réserve

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2015 Savennières Moelleux

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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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