2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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Here at the Beaune office, we continue to hear now and then from Yves Laboucarié, the sprightly eighty-eight-year-old patriarch of Fontsainte. He long ago handed over daily operations to his immensely affable and capable son, Bruno, yet he still enjoys coming into his “office,” a small side room by the entrance of the family home, to make some calls and look over faxes. While he walks with a stoop, due to decades of hard labor and injuries suffered when the plane he was piloting was shot down during the Algerian War, he exudes health and joyful mind and spirit. This cuvée, the domaine’s “basic” rouge (which is anything but), was Yves’s creation some fifty years ago, and today it remains the estate’s bread and butter. It should be yours, too. Whole-cluster carbonic fruity goodness mixed with darker licorice notes all go down with a guzzle. Perhaps this rouge is a key to Yves’s longevity.
|Blend:||60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah|
|Producer:||Domaine de Fontsainte|
|Vineyard:||N/A, 46.2 ha|
|Soil:||Silica, clay, limestone (gravelly with large galets, or rounded stones)|
|Aging:||60% of wine ages 8-12 months in French oak barrels, remainder in cement tank|
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