The cellars and vineyards are located in Rochecorbon, about 3 kilometers west of Vouvray. Most of the vineyards are in one piece surrounding the Chateau de Montgouverne, an attractive 18th century mansion on the plateau dominating the right bank of the Loire. The cellars are typical of Vouvray: 15th century caves or quarries, originally carved out of the limestone tufa hillside to provide stone for building the Chateaux of the Loire Valley.
Terroir: Clay & limestone with a solid limestone base at 1.2 meters in depth.
Grape Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
Average Age of the Vines: 30 years old
Vinification: Sustainable viticulture, with no herbicides (grass is cultivated between the rows of vines), and no use of chemical fertilizer. After harvest, the grapes are rapidly pressed in a gentle pneumatic press. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel, temperature controlled tanks (80%) and oak barrels (20%).
Aging: After fermentation, the wine is aged for 6 months on the fine lees.
Residual Sugar: 6-9 g/l
Characteristics: The color is yellow with shades of green and silver. The bouquet is expressive with dominant notes of white fruit such as peaches and nectarines, supported by hints of freshly shelled almonds and acacia. Tender and long lasting on the palate with savory notes of browned butter and grilled hazelnuts.
Food Pairings: Filet of poached sole in herb sauce
2018 Reviews: "Bone dry, this wine offers richness as well as bitter-almond and ripe apple flavors. Still young, it has a tight edge and intense acidity.
The wine shows great potential, so let it age." - 91pts, Wine Enthusiast