Alexander Monmousseau

Clos le Vigneau is owned by fifth generation winemaker Alexandre Monmousseau. Alexandre, received his schooling in Beaune and is one of the leaders of the Sec-Tendre (soft-dry) movement that includes producers like Huet and Champalou. Located in Rochecorbon, the impressively large cellar in carved directly in the hill, across the road from the Loire river. Today the Monmousseau family farms 21 hectares (52 acres) of land: 6 hectares for Clos le Vigneau, 15 hectares for Château Gaudrelle. Clos Le Vigneau is a single vineyard from an area known as "les Gués d'Amant" or "Lover's Gap". Most of the vines were planted in 1929. The soil is a mixture of argilo-calcaire, silex and gravel. Alexandre Monmousseau believes in low yields for concentration and flavor. The grapes are hand harvested. Pressing is long and slow, fermentation is in stainless steel with two rackings and a light filtration before bottling.

Vouvray Clos les Vigneau

100% Chenin Blanc. Clos Le Vigneau is a single vineyard from an area known as "Les Gués d'Amant" or "Lover's Gap". Most of the vines were planted in 1929. The soil is a mixture of argilo-calcaire, silex and gravel. Sustainable viticulture, low yields, and hand harvests are the norm. Pressing is long and slow, fermentation is in stainless steel. The wine is aged on the lees for a few months with two rackings and a light filtration before bottling.

Reviews:

"A dry Vouvray, crisp and rich, this brings out all the complexity of Chenin Blanc. Nuts, yellow fruits and green apple flavors are well integrated and balanced. A light spice aftertaste gives an exotic finish. Drink now, or age until 2018." ~ 92, Editors Choice, Top 100 Wines of 2015, Wine Enthusiast

Price: FL $168, 3cs $160, 5cs $152