Vignoble Alain Robert Vouvray Sec Les Charmes
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The estate is located in Chançay, in the Vouvray appellation area, in the heart of the Loire Valley, a landscape classified as a UNESCO World Heritage.
- Christiane and Alain Robert, both daughter and son of peasant-winegrowers native to Chançay, founded this family estate in 1973.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Elaboration: Grapes are grown in clay-limestone and flint clay soil. The vines are around 40-years-old. The Vignoble Alan Robert Vouvray Sec Les Carmes is best chilled at 9/11 degrees C and keeps 5-7 years.
Tasting Notes: It inspires the pleasure of rediscovered spring and the arrival of sunny days. It first reveals itself with timidity, on discreet notes of citrus and acacia flower. Then it opens and plays crescendo to unroll honeyed, even toasted notes, on a lively finish.
Christiane and Alain Robert, both descended from winegrowers, founded the family estate in 1973. Back then, they worked just two hectares, a modest beginning to the family’s heritage. In the ensuing years, the vineyard was enlarged and the cellar was improved.
The vineyard is managed using intervention only when the risk is high. The use of phytosanitary products is limited to promote sustainable agriculture practices and in respect of the environment. The fruit is protected against grape berry moths using collective biotechnical methods. Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc grapes for Crémant de Loire, as well as the grapes grown for Vouvray Sec, Moelleux and Sweet cuvées are harvested manually. Machine harvesting is used on fruit destined for other wines. Pruning is manual.