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2015 Marc Bredif Vouvray

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Vouvrays are some of the best value wines on the planet. They are a bit like Semillon, and can live for years! Bredif is one of the premium producers of the style, and this one is a dry, zippy wine that shows aromas of yellow citrus, quince, green apples, honeysuckle and chamomile florals, whilst the palate is lighter-bodied with racy lemon, grapefruit and apple flavours, bouncy acidity, and a dry, long, talcy textured finish. These wines are great with grilled fish or creamy pasta dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Marc Brédif is owned and operated by the Baron de Ladoucette. The key to any de Ladoucette wine is quality in the vineyard, the winery and the bottle. The Baron de Ladoucette is dedicated to maintaining exceptionally high standards throughout his portfolio. The wines are made in the state-of-the art winery within the landmark Château du Nozet and are considered to be some of the finest examples of their type. Grown on the lower slopes along the Loire Valley in Vouvray and Vernou-sur-Brenne, the grapes for the Marc Brédif Vouvray enjoy Northern/Southern exposure. The vineyards have soils of mainly chalk clay, with some parcels having flint clay soils. The vineyards are 25-30 years old on average. The "Classic" on this label differentiates Marc Brédif's traditional Vouvray from the rest of the winery's offerings.

Winemaking: The grapes are handpicked with care to avoid any bruising. They then undergo pneumatic pressing. Only the juice that runs naturally from the grapes is used (i.e. not pressed juice), which is left to clarify for 18 to 24 hours. Temperature controlled fermentation at 18 degrees celsius takes place for two months. The wine is left to mature in vats for 9 months on lees.

Tasting Notes: The wine is a brilliant pale gold. On the nose, there is a fine bouquet full aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit such as pears. One finds citrus notes such as grapefruit. The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes of grapefruit on the lingering finish. It is a lovely wine, ripe and refreshing.

Technical Information:
Appellation: Vouvray
Varietal(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Ageing potential: 5 to 20 years
Soil composition: Mainly chalk clay, some parcels of flint clay.

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