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2016 Chardonnay

Éric Chevalier

2016 Chardonnay Éric Chevalier - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

What would Chardonnay taste like in Muscadet soils? You guessed it—lean and bright, with a breezy blast of Atlantic brine on the finish. It will work fine with oysters, but at this price you might consider keeping a bottle chilled at all times in the event of impromptu thirst. The suggestions of white flowers and crisp apple remind us of the variety in question.

Anthony Lynch

$16.00
Vintage: 2016
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: 11.5%

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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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