2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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In the pages of this newsletter back in 2007 (and later reprinted in his book A Really Big Lunch), Jim Harrison describes a “nasty summer in Montana” during which a heat wave made it impossible to enjoy his typical red wine favorites. A short list of whites replaced them—the select few capable of quenching his thirst—and La Cadette’s Vezelay blanc was among them. To current vigneron Valentin Montanet, this celebrated American author’s acknowledgment is more important than Parker’s glowing 2006 Châtelaine rating. “We are very proud that Big Jim had such a good time with la Châtelaine,” he says with characteristic cheekiness. “It is a bottle that fits any need; a sure bet that comforts and brings pleasure after a long day of hard work or a long day doing nothing in particular.” Best to tuck a couple bottles away: in case of heat waves, hard work, or no work at all.
|Producer:||Domaine de la Cadette|
|Vineyard:||25 years, 13.5 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged for 7 to 10 months in stainless steel before bottling|
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.
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