Alain Robert Vouvray Troglodyte Brut
Christiane and Alain Robert founded this domaine in 1973 in Chançay, just east of Vouvray in the Loire Valley. Their 38 hectares of vineyards, situated around the estate and in the neighboring village of Noizay, are mostly planted with Chenin Blanc, on silex and clay-limestone soil. Their son Cyril, who trained in Champagne, joined them in 2000, followed by his sister Catherine two years later. Catherine brought with her ten years of experience gained in the Loire, including working alongside Jacky Blot at Domaine de la Taille aux Loups.
The domaine produces a full range of Vouvrays, sec to demi-sec, moelleux and liquoreux, as well as this méthode traditionnelle Vouvray which we tasted and loved. Their farming practices are sustainable. Grass is allowed to grow between the rows and no chemical fertilizer is used. Organic matter is brought in to nourish the parcels, starting at the end of autumn. Pesticides are only used if absolutely necessary, and are in part of the vineyards replaced by biological pest control.
100% Chenin Blanc from 15 to 20 year old vines. Aged for 6 months in stainless steel tanks, then sur lattes for 16 to 24 months. Nose of white fruits, with notes of acacia flowers, apple, pear and toasted pistachio on the palate. Fresh and elegant finish. Méthode traditionnelle.
|Region||France, Loire Valley, Vouvray|