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2019 Chardonnay

Éric Chevalier

A spotlight in one of France’s leading wine magazines tips its hat to the international interest in Éric Chevalier’s wines, saying, “Big-name foreign importers have made no mistake . . .” Indeed, if Kermit’s is one of the big names they are referring to, we stand by the acknowledgment with gusto! Éric Chevalier is one of the relatively unsung vignerons of the Loire whose wines provide excellent value and sense of place. Truly, Chardonnay from the metamorphic rock of the Nantais region is hardly comparable to the same grape from Burgundy, and rightly so. On first reflection, you might call it simple. It’s so airy it could easily be overpowered. But, paired with something equally delicate and saline—oysters or grilled mackerel spritzed simply with citrus come to mind—it provides something altogether worthy in its own right: thirst-quenching satisfaction, the ideal companion to warmer-weather fare.

Emily Spillmann

$19.00
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Vin de Pays du Val de Loire
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Éric Chevalier
Winemaker: Éric Chevalier
Vineyard: 10 - 15 years, 3 ha
Soil: Serpentinite, eclogite, quartz
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 11.5%

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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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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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