Estate: Chateau La Tour Grise is located in the tiny village of Le Puy Notre Dame in the Saumer region of the Loire Valley in western France. The estate dates back to the 15th century, whilst the surrounding areas have been under cultivation for 1000 years. At the helm are Philippe and Françoise Gourdon, who have become renowned for crafting expressive, terroir driven wines that “tell you where they come from and what kind of year they had”. Philippe Gourdon is passionate about biodynamic viticulture and “hands-off traditional vinification”. Mournfully those two beliefs tend to get French vine growers in trouble with appellation control authorities, and Philippe Gourdon is no exception. He chose not to submit his wines for Saumer appellation, and by doing so he lost his right to display not only Saumur Blanc on his labels, but also the name of his estate, La Tour Grise. For an interesting synopsis of the estate, check out The Wines of La Tour Grise.
Winemaking: The estate has been certified biodynamic since 1998. Traditional biodynamic methods are used such as mineral and vegetable teas and preparations for the vines; cows roam the vineyards for weed control and fertilizer purposes.
Tasting Notes: Deep gold in colour with aromas of lemon, honey, minerals and delightful hints of funk. Captivating flavours of lemon curd on toast join flowery chamomile and savoury garique herbs on a current of dense bubbles. Toast, chalk minerals and traces of smoky honey linger enticingely between each sip. A complex and engaging sparkler that is stunning on its own or with a wide variety of dishes, especially brunch type ones.
100% Chenin Blanc
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Enjoy now thru 2017