2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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Visiting a farm in Vermont one time, I held the waxy wool of a freshly shorn sheep in my palm and had an “aha!” moment. The comforting scent of lanolin emitted the same intriguing note I always relished but struggled to articulate when drinking Épiré’s Cuvée Spéciale. The medley of pear, white flowers, and juicy pineapple typical of Savennières gains in complexity in the Spéciale thanks to a selection of grapes from top parcels and a half-year spent in chestnut demi-muids. Lay it down for at least five years to unlock its full potential, or drink now.
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1989, 1.5 ha|
|Aging:||Ages for about 6 months sur lie in very old chestnut demi-muids|
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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