2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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The signature finesse of Les Varennes shines through, providing real pleasure notwithstanding the wine’s youthfulness. With floral aromas and fine-grained tannins, it already showcases its charms, while those who choose to age it further will experience its full spectrum of earth, spice, and forest floor, plus a scent I can only describe as the woodsy, nostalgic fragrance of an old attic.
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1962 to 1976, 4.61 ha|
|Soil:||Siliceous chalk & clay|
|Aging:||Wine ages in oak fûts for 15-16 months, depending on the vintage, after racking, the finished wine rests assembled in cuve for two months before bottling|
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
Inspiring Thirst, page 171
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