Despite over thirty years in the bottle, this 1989 Vouvray demi-sec seems as though it were picked yesterday. It is remarkable. Alive and vibrant with an intoxicating freshness that perfectly underlines the nuances of flavour here. If you were ever curious as to how well GREAT Chenin Blanc can age, this is the wine to satisfy that curiosity.
The nose draws you in with apricot, orchard fruit and freshly spun honey, straight from the hive. There is evident sweetness on the palate, but this simply enhances the flavours more rather than masking them; as if it were a microphone for the palate to sing through. Waves of dried stone fruits, succulent peach, baked pastry and spun honey wash over you with every sip. We fell in love and don't doubt that you will too.
Fresh, bright and lemony. This is so pure for a 30 year old wine, and has a bit of sweetness as well as crisp, herbal, citrussy flavours. Grainy and juicy with grapefruits and lemons, this is lively, precise and quite delicious. Such finesse.
Pierre’s family have been winemakers and vineyard owners in this area for four generations. Catherine is from the village of Vouvray, where her family, like Pierre’s, have been farmers and winemakers for four generations. Pierre and Catherine’s philosophy stems from a love of the land. The Bretons farm eleven hectares just east of Bourgueil in the village of Restigné. They produce Chinon and Bourgueil, as well as a bit of Vouvray, creating honest wines for both early consumption and longer ageing.
They first introduced biodynamic practices into their viticulture in 1994, after receiving their organic certification in 1991. They have become international icons for the natural wine movement in an area where the climate and soil can make organic viticulture difficult. Catherine and Pierre are two of the hardest working people we know of in the wine business. This explains why their wines, despite the fact that they are totally natural and unadulterated, are so consistently pure and delicious.