Fontainerie 2013 Vouvray Extra Brut, Loire Valley, France
Fontainerie 2013 Vouvray Extra Brut, Loire Valley, France

Fontainerie 2013 Vouvray Extra Brut, Loire Valley, France

$21.99

Amazingly pure Chenin Blanc aromatics here. Pears, cinnamon and fresh cut grass. Light and dry on the palate with a long but very fresh finish. The grapes for this cuvée are picked at more ripeness than those for other basic cuvées - when this is done for

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Amazingly pure Chenin Blanc aromatics here. Pears, cinnamon and fresh cut grass. Light and dry on the palate with a long but very fresh finish. The grapes for this cuvée are picked at more ripeness than those for other basic cuvées - when this is done for sparkling wines and combined with a lower dosage as it is here, the results are truly fine.. The richer body makes for more complexity while the lower dosage (extra brut) focuses the mineral lines and acidity to greater advantage.

Catherine Dhoye Deruet has worked this estate for more than two decades. It has been in her family since 1712. The farm sits along the rolling hills of the Vallée Coquette in Vouvray - it has six hectares planted to vines, which are surrounded by orchards. Soils here are clay and limestone on a bedrock of tuffeau, a porous limestone chalk the region is known for. The cellars are carved into the limestone (tufa) cliffs beneath her Coteau de la Fontainerie vineyard. Other appellations in the Loire grow excellent Chenin Blanc, or Pineau de la Loire as it is also known, the grape has found its home in Vouvray. The varied microclimates and terroirs here give way to equally varied styles of wine, from sparkling to dry, off-dry and sweet.

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