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Domaine Champalou 'Le Portail' 2005

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Didier and Catherine Champalou have been established in the heart of the appellation for over fifteen years and have acquired over 20 hectares of Chenin. Their philosophy is simple: to create wines that respect the grape variety, the terroir and the nature of the vintage. The Champalous are registered with the Terra Vitis programme which is a charter that promotes sustainable farming and respect for the environment by maintaining a good balance in the soil, the terroir and the plant and limiting chemical applications. Champalou makes beautiful, ethereal Vouvray. His wines have a rounded, tender, almost buttery texture with suggestions of apples and ripe quinces sheathed in delicate threads of honey. The sweet wines are gorgeous; the flavours ricocheting around your palate for ages. A few years ago Champalou released a thrilling special cuvee 'Clos du Portail' from an enclosed south-facing microterroir, an extraordinarily intense oak-matured wine of crystalline purity and with, as the Americans would say, the whole nine yards of length. Fascinating aromas of dry pollen, amazing finesse. He only makes three hundred cases of this virtuous rarity, so grab some while you can, although we would prefer if you left it for us.

Region: France » Loire

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Color: White
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
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Didier and Catherine Champalou have been established in the heart of the appellation for over fifteen years and have acquired over 20 hectares of Chenin. Their philosophy is simple: to create wines that respect the grape variety, the terroir and the nature of the vintage. The Champalous are registered with the Terra Vitis programme which is a charter that promotes sustainable farming and respect for the environment by maintaining a good balance in the soil, the terroir and the plant and limiting chemical applications. Champalou makes beautiful, ethereal Vouvray. His wines have a rounded, tender, almost buttery texture with suggestions of apples and ripe quinces sheathed in delicate threads of honey. The sweet wines are gorgeous; the flavours ricocheting around your palate for ages. A few years ago Champalou released a thrilling special cuvee 'Clos du Portail' from an enclosed south-facing microterroir, an extraordinarily intense oak-matured wine of crystalline purity and with, as the Americans would say, the whole nine yards of length. Fascinating aromas of dry pollen, amazing finesse. He only makes three hundred cases of this virtuous rarity, so grab some while you can, although we would prefer if you left it for us.

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