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Joel Delaunay La Voute Touraine Chenonceaux 2016 (1x75cl)
Awarded a Gold Medal and 96 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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La Voûte comes from a relatively new appellation called Touraine Chenonceaux, which was created in 2011 after 20 years in the making. Chenonceaux is known for the majestic Château de Chenonceau, featured on the La Voûte label. The wines are from selected parcels of vines located in Touraine. The Sauvignon Blanc is often not released until May following the vintage, spending around seven months on its lees to add weight, texture and complexity.
La Voûte is situated in Touraine Chenonceaux, on the bank of the Cher Valley, 50 kilometres east of Tours near the famous Château de Chenonceau. The soil is clay and silex (a mixture of flint and sand) and the pruning method is simple guyot.
In 2016 the Loire Valley was plagued by spring frosts and a wet summer causing a reduction in yields and making the vineyard owners work hard to manage their canopies and deter fungal growth. Harvest started at the beginning of October.
100% of the cuvée underwent skin contact for 20 hours in a pneumatic press. Alcoholic fermentation took place over 20 days at a controlled temperature of 16°C. The wine was aged on fine lees after fermentation with ‘bâtonnage’ until the end of April. The wine was then filtered before bottling.
This wine is pale lemon in colour with youthful lights. It has an intense, elegant nose combining grapefruit, tropical fruits and blackcurrant. On the palate, it is fresh and clean, with a fine mineral character and long finish.