Loire Properties Château de Valmer Vouvray
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This Vouvray is a classic example of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc.
- Château de Valmer, which once belonged to Charles VII, is one of the cooperative in Loire Properties. This 300-hectare estate is renowned for its impressive gardens, terraces, moats, and a troglodytic chapel built in the early 1500s. It also enjoys a sterling reputation for its wine.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Elaboration: The Chenin vines of Château de Valmer, are planted on hillsides with stony slopes and clay-limestone soils overlooking the Brenne valley. There are many microclimates because of the ocean influence. The berries are harvested just at maturity to keep them fresh. Direct pneumatic pressing. Static settling. Selected yeast. Vinification at 18°C in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Maturing on lees for a maximum of 3 months.
Glass concrete vats are thermo-regulated to maintain an optimal temperature during alcoholic fermentation. The wines are matured in vats on fine lees for six months before being bottled to finish their maturing in peace in the beautifully preserved tufa cellars under the High Terrace. Vinification takes place in the semi-buried century-old cellars, built in 1905.
Tasting Notes: This Vouvray has a golden color with silvery highlights. It has citrus aromas with a mineral touch. A bold attack followed by a beautiful vivacity, we find throughout the tasting a tart citrus-fruity exotic note with a mineral finish.
Located on a rocky outcrop between the Raye Valley and the Brenne Valley, the Château de Valmer vineyard and its 28 hectares of Vouvray and Touraine appellation benefit from a privileged exposure less than 5 kilometres as the crow flies from the Loire, Europe’s last wild river listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All 15 parcels are planted on clayey- limestone and stony clayey-siliceous soils, which require the vine to have a deep root system in order to capture the various elements it needs for its development and to produce quality grapes and therefore great wines.