Champalou Vouvray "La Cuvee Des Fondraux"
Chenin Blanc /
- Chenin Blanc
The Champalou family farms twenty-one hectares of vineyards on clay, limestone, and siliceous soils. They embrace sustainable farming while also integrating the use of the lunar calendar more traditionally associated with organic viticulture. The soils in their vineyards are rich, deep, and aerated though regular plowing. Cover crops are planted in between vineyard rows to help with excess water absorption and to encourage microbiotic activity in the soil. The Champalou house style produces wines of great elegance and tenderness, highly aromatic with impeccable balance. No one comes close to copying their distinct style... Like the Vouvray, harvest happens early in the morning for the Fondraux and the grapes are immediately pressed. The juice in then transferred into 500 L wooden barrels for a slow fermentation. The wine is aged in the same vessel on its lees for eleven months before bottling." Didier and Catherine's Cuvée des Fondraux is sourced from 4 hectares of vines planted on a mix of clay and silex and averaging 45 years of age.California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING