Marc Brédif Vouvray Chenin Blanc
February 28, 2019, James Molesworth
“A bright, breezy style, with lime, green apple and quince flavors, laced with a wrinkle of verbena through the juicy finish. Drink now through 2021.”
Marc Brédif is owned and operated by the Baron de Ladoucette. The key to any de Ladoucette wine is quality in the vineyard, the winery and the bottle. The Baron de Ladoucette is dedicated to maintaining exceptionally high standards throughout his portfolio. The wines are made in the state-of-the art winery within the landmark Château du Nozet and are considered to be some of the finest examples of their type.
Grown on the lower slopes along the Loire Valley in Vouvray and Vernou-sur-Brenne, the grapes for the Marc Brédif Vouvray enjoy northern/southern exposure. The vineyards have soils of mainly chalk clay, with some parcels having flint clay soils. The vineyards are 25-30 years old on average. The "Classic" on this label differentiates Marc Brédif's traditional Vouvray from the rest of the winery's offerings.
The grapes are hand picked with care to avoid any bruising. They then undergo pneumatic pressing. Only the juice that runs naturally from the grapes is used, which is left to clarify for 18 to 24 hours. Temperature controlled fermentation at 64°F takes place for two months. The wine is left to mature in vats for nine months on the lees.
The wine is a brilliant pale gold. On the nose, there is a fine bouquet full aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit such as pears. One finds citrus notes such as grapefruit. The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes of grapefruit on the lingering finish. It is a lovely wine, ripe and refreshing.
Varietals: 100% Chenin Blanc
Soil Composition: Mainly chalk clay, some parcels of flint clay
Aging Potential: 5 to 20 years