Vouvray, Champalou
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Half-Bottle of Vouvray, Champalou - 2019

Item # 21777 375mL
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Tasting Notes

A dry Vouvray yet giving and honeyed on the palate. The nose offers classic notes of raw honey, apple, and quince that carry through to the palate. Here is an extremely elegant example of Chenin Blanc that will be at home on its own and also at the table.

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Staff Pick Notes

Chenin Blanc is an incredible varietal because it is able to produce delicious and complex wines in what seems like endless styles including dry, off-dry, sparkling, young, and aged. A defining characteristic of this grape that plays a major role in its ability to be so versatile is its high acidity. It preserves life in aged versions, provides balance to the off-dry, and gives brightness and complexity to younger wines. Cathérine and Didier Champalou give us this delightful Vouvray that is grown sustainably on vines that average 35 years of age which contributes to its depth and complexity. It's kept on its lees for 11 months while it ages in stainless steel. Though technically a dry wine, a hint of sweetness is detected in the tart pear, yellow apple, lemon notes with a touch of florality and spice.

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly...

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