Vouvray is a white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes that grow along the banks of the Loire River in the Touraine district of France. Wines range in style from dry to sweet, and still to sparkling, each with its own distinct character. Regardless of style, Vouvray is loved for its delicate floral aromas and boisterous taste that will pucker your lips and make you immediately wish for another sip. Since about 1890, four generations of the Gaudron family have lived in Vernou, running a vineyard that covers 25 hectarese on a limestone-clay soil which rests on a sub-layer of tuffeau, the elegant stone used to build the Chateaux for which the region is so renowned.
About two-thirds of the vines are at least thirty years old on average. All the wines grown in the Vouvray appellation area are of the Chenin Blanc variety, also known as Pineau de la Loire. Gilles employs sustainables agriculture methods on his vineyard.
After a slow pressing pneumatic, fermentation is occurs at cellar temperature, which is around 12 °Celcuis, for 1 month. Clarification is then done in three racks off the lees. Similar to Champagne, the second fermentation take place in bottles in the cellar. The bottles will mature on slats for 18 months. After remuage and disgorgement, the bottles will aged another 3 months before being sold on the market.
This Blanc de Chenin Brut is racy, fresh and mineral driven. Medium bodied with a fine mousse, it shows delicate aromas of brioche, tilleuls flowers and Granny Smith apples. The palate is vivid with mouthwatering acidity.
This Vouvray Sparkling wine is an ideal aperitif, with artisan cheeses or as a pair to a range of seafood dishes.