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Producer: Chereau CarreGrape Varieties: 100% Muscadet also known as Melon de BourgogneOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Fresh clean dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Chéreau-Carré is one of the leading Muscadet producers with substantial family owned vineyards in some of the best locations in the region. Their vineyard area totals 135 hectares of the highest quality soil, making them one of the largest producers of Muscadet. The wide variety of 'terroirs' available within the estate enables Bernard Chéreau to offer a comprehensive selection of styles including those bottled 'sur lie' where the wine is drawn straight off the lees prior to bottling, resulting in a wine with more weight and complexity.
The 2016 vintage will be characterised by extreme climate conditions. After a cool winter, budding occurred early in spring. Spring frosts were limited due to the hillside location and southerly exposure of the vineyards, although it was not avoided completely. Spring rains delayed vine growth, which resulted in considerable berry loss and flowering was delayed to the end of June. Yields were further reduced by mildew and some incidences of poor flowering. However the vintage was saved by an extremely warm and dry summer, which enabled the berries to ripen perfectly. Harvest started on 19th September with warm days and cool nights producing high quality, aromatic juice. 2016 volumes are low, but the quality is exceptional and ideal for ageing.
The vines are grown in established vineyards where more than half the vines were planted over 40 years ago. Indeed, one area has vines that are over 100 years old. Grown in old volcanic soil, which imparts the characteristic minerality to the final wine, the yields are low, providing a good concentration in the berries.
Traditional fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine was then aged on its lees ('Sur Lie') for six months, imparting depth and texture. This wine was made in an unoaked style in order to preserve the freshness and pure aromatics of the fruit.
Subtle citrus aromas lead to palate with delicate floral notes and juicy citrus fruit. Maturation on its fine lees "Sur Lie", imparts a depth and texture while retaining characteristic crisp acidity and bright, fresh minerality.
Serve chilled as an apéritif or as a classic partner for oysters, shellfish and seafood platters.
Melon de Bourgogne 100%
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