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2020 Chardonnay

Éric Chevalier

In the western reaches of the Loire Valley, along the Atlantic Ocean, Éric Chevalier specializes in Muscadet. But due to this Pays Nantais rock star’s training in Chablis, he’s also well versed in growing and vinifying Chardonnay. Éric’s Chardonnay vines do not have the benefit of growing in Kimmeridgian limestone, but what his soils lack in ancient marine fossils, his terroir makes up for in its exposure to the salty breezes blowing in from the Atlantic. Thanks to the coastal climate and vinification without oak, this Chardonnay is one of the zestiest, most refreshing we import. Crisp and unadorned, with the slightest hint of salinity, it offers one of the best ways to start a night, whether you’re making dinner for yourself or setting out snacks for friends.

Tom Wolf

$23.00
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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