Vouvray Blanc "Lieu-Dit, Les Fosses d’Hareng"

Story

The wine
A lieu-dit, or named place, encompasses a group of small plots of vines.
It comprises a unique terroir defined by its territorial, cadastral and historic unity.
The alchemy between the soil, topography, climate, and grape variety results in appellation contrôlée wines with a unique profile and outstanding quality. Respect for the terroir combined with the expertise of winegrowers who love what they do produces superb wines.
Winegrowing dates back to the 4th century AD and the founding of a monastery in Marmoutier by Saint Martin in 372. In the 14th century, certain vineyards in Vouvray belonged to the French crown and the wines were served at the king's table.
Situation
The place named Les Fosses d’Hareng is in Vouvray, a Loire Valley commune with a characteristic landscape that motivated UNESCO to designate this part of France World Heritage site.
Terroir
Soil : Sandy-clay soil with large numbers of siliceous pebbles on and under the surface. The sand-clay silt overlays limestone bedrock.

Sun exposure :
Vineyards are located on east-west slopes at the bottom of a small valley.

Climate :
Temperate climate Bordering on a valley, the soil warms up rapidly due to the oceanic influence that penetrates to the heart of the vineyard.
In the vineyard
Green pruning (bud thinning and leaf plucking) is done to enhance natural aeration while sustainable agricultural methods are used to fight against fungal diseases.
Vinification
Slow pressing in a pneumatic winepress with separation of the free run juice.
Cold settling of the must for 24 hours.
Cold fermentation to preserve the finesse of the aromas.
Alcoholic fermentation is stopped by cold stabilisation to retain the residual sugar.
Maturing
A minimum of 6 months' ageing on fine lees before bottling.
Varietals
Chenin blanc : 100%

Advice

Serving
Suggested serving temperature : 10-12°C.
Tasting notes
Deep straw-yellow colour. This semi-sweet wine has a complex, concentrated bouquet of lime blossom, citrus (grapefruit, lemon) and ripe fruit (pineapple). Starts out quite vivacious on the palate, showing plenty of volume. Rich, with candied fruit nuances. The aftertaste is slightly tangy, that enhances the impression of freshness.
Food pairing
This semi-sweet wine is ideal as an aperitif, with delicatessen meats, roast poultry, etc.