Gilles Gaudron's know-how is the result of family techniques passed down by three generations of wine-makers settled in Vernou sur Brenne. For Gilles, tradition is not enough: he is always trying to improve the quality of his wines and make them better products. As a result, his Vouvray wines are highly regarded by both experts and consumers.
The grapes are grown on densely-planted (6600/ha) 25 to 35 year old short-pruned bushvines. These are situated on chalky clay with silica on gently south east facing slopes generally around the village of Vernou at around 70m above sea level.
After hand-harvesting (bushvines require extra labour but the quality makes it worthwhile), the grapes are whole-bunch pressed in a basket press. Fermented with no added yeast at a controlled temperature of 18 C. This wine does not undergo fining (gravity only) and there is no oak used. It is matured in bottle in the family's idyllic 13th century cellars.
This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc.
This Vouvray has a very pale lemon yellow colour. There are hints of honey on the nose as well as fresh hay which is typical of Chenin Blanc. This wine has a chalky minerality and a backbone of high acidity keeping the wine taut, energetic and fresh. This would pair well with white fish dishes, recipes that include rich buttery sauces and it is an exceptional accompaniement to chalky soft white cheeses such as Brie.