Marc Bredif Vouvray 2020
1 or more bottles$31.99
A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes of grapefruit on the lingering finish. A lovely wine, ripe and refreshing.
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
The Loire Valley wine region lies between the center and the northwest of France, along the Loire river. It is home to some of France's most well-known wines, notably, Sancerre, Muscadet, Vouvray and Pouilly-Fume.
The majority of output from Loire production is white wine, from grape varieties such as Sauvignon blanc, Chenin Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes. There are in total 87 appellations in Loire, stretching from the Atlantic coast and heading inland near the city of Orléans. The region is commonly divided in to three subregions. The upper Loire is predominantly Sauvignon Blanc and includes the areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Middle Loire is mostly under Chenin Blanc (and some Cabernet Franc) and includes villages of Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray. Lastly in the lower Loire, to the west the Melon de Bourgogne grape variety thrives in the Muscadet region and is the most widely planted grape in the Loire.
Producers to seek out and try include: Henri Bourgeois, Mark Bredif, Domaine Bernard Fleuriet, Vincent Pinard, Eric Bordelet and Gerard Boulay.
Vouvray is a French Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) region in the Loire Valley, located in the Touraine district. The vast majority of the wines produced are whites, still or sparkling and the main variety is Chenin Blanc, though a lesser known grape Arbois is also permitted, but it doesn't get much exposure. The Chenin Blanc wines from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards are known to be some of the most ageworthy whites on the planet. Extraordinary wines capable of 50 years or more in your cellar.
The region begins at the eastern edge of Tours and extends through seven communes along the right bank of the Loire and along its tributary, the Brenne. The climate is at the meeting points of maritime and continental climates. The predominantly cool weather is balanced with plenty of sunshine hours in Autumn, which are enough to ripen grapes for sweet wine production.
The soils are a unique mix of white Turonian chalk (on the hillsides) whilst the valley floor is perruche (flint and clay) and aubuis (chalk and clay).
The residual sugar content of Vouvray wines and their labeling is as follows: Sec (Dry) wines have less than 9 grams of residual Sugar; Tendre, Demi-Sec (off dry) wines have residual sugar in the range of 9-15 grams, which is the classic Vouvray style and as such doesn't require label designation. The sweetest are the wines labelled Moelleux (Sweet) which will have a minimum of 15 grams, but in practice they often have far higher levels.
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About the brand Marc Bredif
The Domaine Marc Bredif winery is located in the Loire Valley, France, and is well known for producing exceptional Loire white and red wines. The estate was established in 1893 and was originally called Château les Roches. In 1919, Marc Bredif took over from his Uncle and changed the name to mark new ownership.
The reputation of the Domaine grew quickly, both at home and abroad. This was largely down to its sparkling Vouvray, rumoured to be some of the best in the region. He built an extraordinary circular storage room in the heart of its cellars during the 1930’s, which now keeps venerable vintages of sweet Vouvray, going all the way back to the 1900’s! The Chenin Blanc remains a benchmark for the region and when young it morphs into an infinitely complex wine with age taking on characters of dried honey, lanolin and valvados, still with that ceramic-like sheen of minerally acidity.