Champalou Vouvray des Fondraux (750ml)
With the Loire being the ancestral home of Chenin Blanc, this is where Champalou puts its entire focus. Both from winemaking families, Catherine and Didier Champalou began their adventure in 1983, and their desire for autonomy and freedom gave them the will to set up the estate. Everything started with the plantation of one half-hectare of Chenin, followed by three years of patience before the vines could produce their first crop. From the first bottling, customers began seeking out the estate. Champalou crafts low intervention vegan friendly wines. The estate is registered with the Terra Vitis programme, a charter that promotes sustainable farming and respect for the environment by maintaining a good balance in the soil, the terroir and the plant and limiting chemical applications. The only permitted substances are talc and lime (calcium oxide) to combat moisture.
Vouvray Cuvee des Fondraux Domaine Champalou is a demi-sec style, soft, balanced and rich. The palate has lots of concentration and fullness. White flowers dominate the nose and help bring into focus all of the wine’s freshness, fullness, minerality and vivacity.
Chenin Blanc sourced from densely planted 50-year-old vines propitiously located on slopes of argilo-silicieux terroir. The wine spends 11 months ageing on the fine lees in old wooden barrels.