2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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Franck has occasionally referred to his Fichots as “rustic,” but that tells you more about the incredible elegance of his other cuvées than it does about this wine. Sure, it has a little grip, but plush notes of red fruit and cocoa abound in the glass. This Pernand punches way above its weight.
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1976, 1985, 0.5 ha|
|Aging:||Wines enjoy a long, slow élévage before being bottled unfined and unfiltered|
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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