J. Moreau & Fils Vouvray 2004 Front Label
J. Moreau & Fils Vouvray 2004 Front Label

J. Moreau & Fils Vouvray 2004

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    Together with the Champagne area, the Loire region constitutes the northern limit of French viticulture. It is well known for its gentle climate and the beauty of its Renaissance Châteaux. The river, once a big commercial waterway but also used by foreign invaders, played an important role in the region's history. The vineyard development began with Christianity, starting with Saint Martin, bishop of Marmoutier during the IVth century, and was destroyed during the religious wars. The region was also at the very heart of the 16th century's artistic development with Ronsard, Du Bellay, Rabelais, Descartes, and Léonard de Vinci. The vineyard is separated into four different areas: Nantes, Anjou and Saumur, the Touraine and the Centre. They mainly produce white and clairet wines, which are lightly colored, fruity wines obtained through a short maceration of red grapes on their skins.

    A fresh mineral nose of honey. A medium dry wine, round and extremely fruity with flavors of fig and pink grapefuit. Perfect balance between fruit and a refreshing acidity.

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    J. Moreau & Fils has been a specialist of Chablis wines since 1814. It offers a wide selection, from the modest but refreshing Petit Chablis to the classic Chablis, the much sought-after Premiers Crus, such as Vaillons and Vaucoupin, to the seven prestigious Grands Crus.

    Every bottle, from the celebrated Grands Crus to simple and well-made table wines, carries J. Moreau & Fils' signature and must reflect their wine making philosophy based first and foremost on quality.

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    An important white wine appellation in the Touraine and one of the top in all of the Loire, Vouvray uniquely specializes in a wide range of styles from dry to sweet, and still to sparkling, each with its own definitive character. Vouvray is almost always 100% Chenin blanc (however up to 5% Menu Pineau is theoretically allowed but not often used).

    Vouvray is also the name of a pretty little town just east of Tours on the northern bank of the Loire—its vineyards surround it to the northeast. Houses and cellars are carved out of the local tuffeau, a chalky or sandy, fine-grained limestone. Vineyards inhabit clay and gravel topsoil over tuffeau on the plateau, the best of which have a slight slope with a southerly aspect.

    Chenin blanc’s high acidity and natural adaptability allow it to produce a wide range of styles with enormous success. Styles under the Vouvray name include sparkling, both Brut and Demi-Sec and still: Sec (dry) and Tendre (off-dry) as well as Demi-Sec (noticeably sweet), Moelleux (very sweet) and Liquoreaux (botrytized). Most can age about five years but the best quality versions will continue to improve over decades.

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    Unquestionably one of the most diverse grape varieties, Chenin blanc can do it all. It shines in every style from bone dry to unctuously sweet, oaked or unoaked, still or sparkling and even as the base for fortified wines and spirits. Perhaps Chenin blanc’s greatest asset is its ever-present acidity, maintained even under warm growing conditions. While most would agree it reigns supreme when from its birthplace of the Loire Valley, Chenin is the most planted variety in South Africa. California’s Clarksburg appellation is also winning more notoriety for its Chenin.

    In the Glass

    Chenin's drier versions commonly have characteristics of passion fruit, lemon, quince, green apple, saffron and chamomile while sweeter version express aromas and flavors such as yellow pear, white peach, persimmon, melon, ginger and honeysuckle. When aged in oak, qualities like meringue and brioche can be found. Sparkling versions often have yellow apple, ginger and floral notes.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cool-climate Chenin blanc has the chalky acidity to work with light seafood such as oysters and shellfish. Off-dry styles work well with the sweet-and-sour nature of Thai and Vietnamese food. The sparkling versions such as Saumur Mousseux, Vouvray Petillant and Crémant de Loire make amazing aperitif options that won’t bruise the pocketbook.

    Sommelier Secret

    South Africa actually has double the amount of Chenin blanc planted compared to France. It is believed that either the Dutch navigator, Jan van Riebeeck, brought the grape to Cape Town in 1655 or the Huguenots fleeing France brought it in 1685. Either way, the South Africans have favored it for many centuries and make it in almost every style. Today a new wave of dedicated producers has committed to restoring old Chenin vines and finding the most ideal new spots for this prized variety.

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