All Biodynamic and a Wonder Vintage! Now Available!
by Cynthia Hurley
Vigneau Chevreau Vouvray Cuvee Silex 2009
The lovely Cuvee Silex (which means flint in French, a reference to the soil composition)
Biodynamique since 1997! Now 2009 - This new Loire wonderful vintage is just in and this wine will sell out fast!
There is nobody that doesn't love this wine - it has become one of our most popular white wines. Cool, crisp, pure fruit are the comments that I get from fans.
There is something you should know about the 2009 vintage in the Loire. Some people are even saying it's historic, and everybody is saying it is exceptional.
Here is how the growers are describing their harvest: "the freshness of 2005, combined with the richness of 2003", "some truly great wines (no exaggeration)", "lovely fruit, wonderful concentration and balance - on a par with 1989 and 1997".
Wine Spectator chimes in with "...best and most consistent harvest since 2005."
This is the moment to uncork some Loire wines.
Vigneau Chevreau is a real charmer, with lemons and minerals bursting from the glass. The flavors are pure. The wine is dry, but not a steely, steely dry. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully sorted to ensure that only the ripe, healthy grapes make it into the bottle.
La Revue du Vin de France:
"This estate, which is biodynamique (organic) is distributed over several types of soil which permits assemblages of wine which play right into the hands of the Chenin Blanc grape with its velvety acidity so typical of a good Vouvray. Vigneau Chevreau makes wine with lots of textural finesse and generous minerality..."
The cellars are impeccable here. Vouvray is planted in tuffeau, a limestone rock. Tuffeau is the same white rock that many of the chateaux of the Loire are made from. The rock was excavated from the land leaving behind cavernous caves which the Vouvrillons put to good use as wine chais (barrel storage rooms). The caves are very old and snake around for hundreds of meters underground.
Vigneau Chevreau has been around since 1875 and has been worked by 5 generations. The estate is now 25 hectares spread across several communes permitted to put Vouvray on their labels. The diversity of plots makes for more complexity in the final blend.
When you have a glass of Silex, lemons and minerals will burst from the glass. The flavors are pure. The grapes are hand-harvested and the grapes are carefully sorted to ensure that only the ripe, healthy grapes make it into the bottle.
The estate has been certified biodynamique since 1995. Bio means no chemicals, no pesticides in the vineyards or in the winery. It also requires only natural yeasts which contribute to the pure and natural flavors
Quality is very important at Domaine Vigneau Chevreau and it is instantly apparent in the wines. When I landed in the Domaine's cellars, I'd already had a full day of tasting Vouvray after Vouvray, but it wasn't hard to pick my favorite. How about a glass of Vouvray tonight? Cynthia Hurley