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At the very heart of Chateau Gaudrelle are the special, old vineyards owned by Alexander Monmousseau, which are located in Vouvray, first mentioned in the District Archives of Tours in the 1500's. Like his father, grandfather, and great grandfather before him, Alexandre manages the vineyards by only natural means; no insecticides or herbicides have even been used in over 100 years.
The 14 hectares of south-facing vineyards are are composed of argilleous and chalky soil. Chenin grown this way produces off-dry to sweet wines, depending on the vintage. The taste of this wine is characterized by quince fruit and acacia flower. The average production is a mere 6,500 cases.
2013 AOC Vouvray Sec .375L
This 100% Chenin Blanc (Pineau de Loire) was assembled from the three different cru of the property with vines averaging 40+ years of age and one Ha being 95+ years old . Hand picked, each was vinified in its own separate manner to bring out its specific character (35% botrytised grapes) then blended together just prior to bottling in May 2012.
2013 AOC Vouvray Turonien Sec
A new offering from Alexandre Monmousseau delivered with the care and craft found in all his other wines. A style of Chenin from one of his newer vineyards aptly named for the geological age of the chalky limestone found there.
This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc crafted from three different cru vineyards. Round with slightly honeyed citrus flavours and bright acid for a balanced wine. This wine is produced from organically grown grapes.
4 of 5 Stars - Decanter
2014 AOC Vouvray Sec-tendre
This 100% Chenin Blanc was assembled from three different cru of the property*: Clos le Vigneau; les Gués d'Amants; la Gaudrelle., Each is vinified in its own separate manner to bring out its specific character (40% botrytised grapes) then blended together just prior to bottling. Produced from 14 hectares of the best cru classé vines of the appellation, averaging 40+ years of age; one Ha is 95+ years old.
A sec-tendre, light golden-yellow in colour possesses a fine, yet discreet nose of apricots, plums, and flowers. Very clean with a perfect acid balance. Mouth filling, round, soft and supple, complex; ample length. A wine that can be best enjoyed now with grilled fish, scallops or oysters; it will further develop for many years to come.
Cremant de Loire AOC
Produced in the traditional manner. Pale straw yellow; floral and melon tones throughout, light and clean on the palate. A superb aperitif, it goes best with fish, shellfish, cream sauces and soft cheese.