Vouvray with Alexandre Monmousseau from Ch Gaudrelle Part 1
This show was published 24 September 2014
Alexandre Monmousseau from Chateau Gaudrelle tells us about the grape varieties of Vouvray, the soils and the climate. Chateau Gaudrelle was established in 1931 by Alexandre's great grandfather who planted 4 hectares of vines. Today there are 22 hectares producing 150,000 bottles a year. They produce two styles of wine with about 40% sparkling with Cremant de Loire and Vouvray and 60% still wine. Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are used for the Cremant and the Vouvray is 100% Chenin Blanc. We also discuss the different soils in the region (clay/limestone/silica and limestone) which produce very different styles of wine and styles of Vouvray. Being in Northern France, Vouvray is relatively cool but enjoys an oceanic climate which brings warmth and humidity from the Atlantic sea. Crucially, the vineyards are planted on slopes to take advantage of the warming winds.
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