The sparkling wines of Valley Loire are known for their vitality, freshness and affable drinkability. Within the picturesque and undulating, chateau lined terroirs of the greater Loire, lies the Appellation d'origine contrôlée of Vouvray, a region which yields a quality of sparkling that's rather unique, more generous and appealing, with an engaging complexity of flavour and delicate mousse. Marc Brédif was established 1893, one of the oldest maison in the commune, it remains the largest, a pioneer of the gently pétillant style of Vouvray sparkling.
Parcels of Chenin Blanc are normally harvested around October, off fully mature vines, twenty or more years of age, planted north to south on the clay limestone hillsides of Vouvray and Vernou sur Brenne. Bunches are selectively hand picked and sorted into crates, keeping only the healthiest grapes for vinification. Fruit is treated to a pneumatic press, the finest runs are retained and cold settled for a day or two. Juices are vinified for a month at a controlled 16°C, to preserve fruit character while enhancing complexity. A component of reserve wines are included in the assemblage, bottled for two and a half years under cellar at 12°C, followed by degorgement and liqueur dosage.
Straw gold hue, a supple effervesence. Stonefruits and honeyed citrus notes, light jasmine and apple notes. Creamy palate offering good weight of fruit, a clean, revitalizing sparkling showing developed fig characters behind fresh cut citrus, pear and apple flavours. An exquisite aperitif style and splendid food wine, to match with seafoods, avocado recipes or canapes.
This very dry sparkling chenin blanc has been aged three years on its lees and includes 10 per cent reserve wine. It's a subtle, restrained style, with gentle apple and pear-like aromas and a little creaminess. It makes a good aperitif style. Drink now. 12 per cent alcohol. Huon Hooke
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