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2017 Savennières

Château d’Epiré

Back in 1979, Kermit called Savennières “the best climat for dry Chenin Blanc in France,” and decades later there’s a strong argument that this is still true. Château d’Épiré’s Savennières showcases Chenin Blanc’s character with clarity. Aromas of honeycomb and lemon verbena lead to a palate with intense focus and powerful minerality. Experiment with varied food pairings with this Chenin. For example, I’ve found it pairs wonderfully with stuffed grape leaves and kabobs.

Will Meinberg

Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Savennières
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Château d'Épiré
Winemaker: Luc Bizard
Vineyard: 30-55 years, 8.5 ha
Soil: Schist
Aging: Juice rests for 24 hours before being racked into stainless steel cuves or barrel for fermentation to begin
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Loire

map of 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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