Vouvray Sec “La Dilettante," Dom. Cathérine et Pierre Breton
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Vouvray Sec “La Dilettante," Dom. Cathérine et Pierre Breton - 2022

Item # 24500 750mL

Lime citrus and lychee fruit lend a thirst-quenching quality to this 100% Chenin Blanc. It is hard to beat as an opener to a meal, or when served along shellfish and salads.

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Certified Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.

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This beautiful natural Chenin is part of the “Dilettante” project of Catherine Breton, who, with husband Pierre, is an icon of natural winemaking. There are four “Dilettantes:” a red, a brut Vouvray, a pét-nat, and this lovely still Vouvray. The Bretons have been farming biodynamically, and have been vinifying with minimal intervention for four decades. Catherine grows Chenin vines on her family plots in Vouvray. Clay and flint soils contribute to the wine’s spine of minerality. The wine is bottled the spring after harvest, which makes this full of youthful exuberance. In the glass, it gives off seductive aromas of papaya, beeswax, and roasted chestnuts. The palate is round, concentrated, and supported by brisk acidity. I found flavors of tropical fruit, limes, baking spice, and cider. It works very nicely with veggie or chicken curry.

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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 adopted winemaking technologies have helped a dedicated group of producers to bring the country's dry...

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