Vouvray Sec, Domaine Champalou, Loire, France 2017


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Domaine Champalou

The Champalou family farms twenty-one hectares of vineyards on clay, limestone, and siliceous soils. Both Catherine and Didier were from winemaking families yet, having completed viticultural college together, they took the bold step to immediately establish their own estate. Their decision has been vindicated as, over time, they have grown to be recognised as one of the most respected estates in Vouvray, known for their quality and also their dedication to sustainable winemaking. 

Regarded worldwide as the home of chenin blanc, often referred to locally as pineau de la Loire, Vouvray enjoys warm, continental summers that, combined with slowly dropping temperatures in autumn, makes for a long ripening season. The limestone and chalk present in the vineyards also play a role in absorbing the sun’s rays, lending increased ripeness to this part of the Loire Valley. The combination of these factors enables Catherine and Didier to produce wines of great elegance and tenderness which are highly aromatic and crucially, display perfect balance.

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