Vouvray is an all-white wine appellation produced from the increasingly sought out Chenin Blanc grape in the heart of the Loire Valley, on the right bank of the river and east of the city of Tours. Depending on the vintage and the date of the harvest, spanning an extended season between August and November, Chenin Blanc offers a variety of styles from dry to medium-dry, even sweet, if gathered late in the season. For centuries, the Gautier family have owned Domaine de la Châtaigneraie. The total vineyard holding is currently 15 hectares. Benoît, a charismatic winemaker, well known in this part of the “Kings Valley“, has been in charge since 1981. Interestingly, the region features an assortment of limestone caves, where producers like the Gautier family mature their wines, thereby benefitting from their natural regulation of both temperature and humidity. Could it be a coincidence that this ancestral underground network of caves recalls the troglodyte house in Turkey where the legend of St George was born? A thought to ponder when considering the name of Benoît’s medium-sweet cuvee “Saint-Georges de Gautier”.
100% Chenin Blanc
Semi-dry Chenin Blanc (18 grs of residual sugar) from flint and clay soils. Alcoholic fermented in stainless vats with temperature control. Maturing on fine lees for 7 months then bottling in early April to preserve the freshness and natural aroma of the wine.
Ideal with blue cheeses and Asian food such as Thai cuisine. A cuvee named after the patron saint of England to who the church next to the vine plot is dedicated. What could be better than Cuvee St Georges enjoyed along with the country’s national dish – a sumptuous and spicy curry.
100% Chenin Blanc
Dry Chenin Blanc grape (5 grs of residual sugar) from a flint and clay soils, the perfect companion with seafood, Japanese food and raw fish and winter favourites such as Tartiflette or a Raclette dishes and goat cheeses.
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