Alain Robert Vouvray Sec Ammonite 2014
We tasted and positively loved this cuvée made of 100% Chenin Blanc named for the Ammonite shell fossils found in the soils of Vouvray. The soils are based in clay and flint, coming from three parcels south-east of Chançay, amongst the oldest. The grapes were hand-harvested at the beginning of October, then sorted to only keep the ones at optimum maturity. Fermented with indigenous yeasts then cold-settled in stainless steel tanks. Aged on the fine lees for 12 months, in 228 liters barrels - 25% new, with the remaining one to three year old. Light filtration before bottling. Aromas and flavors of pear and vanilla mingle alongside mineral and stone notes, finishing with a delicious salinity. This is
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.