Montlouis les Pechers 2017 - Ludovic Chanson - Loire, France 75cl
GRAPE: CHENIN BLANC
BOTTLE SIZE: 75CL
WINEMAKER: LUDOVIC CHANSON
Few producers sum up the quiet innovation and imagination encapsulated in the Montlouis sur Loire AOC as well as the young Ludovic Chanson, who is currently crafting gorgeous, interesting, and delicious renderings of his white wines. Having always had a passion for wine, Chanson left his job in pharmaceutical research in 2007 and went to work for the renowned Vouvray producer Vincent Carême, where he staged for one year. In 2008 he took over a 6.5 ha property in Montlouis, a small AOC that sits on the left bank of the Loire River opposite Vouvray, just east of the city of Tours. It had been organically farmed since 2006 and has since been certified. The property is primarily planted to Chenin Blanc, however there are also small plots of both Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Chanson’s first vintage of solo production was 2009; he bottled a ripe Sauvignon Blanc as well as a bright, laser-like Chenin Blanc. His is a non-interventionist philosophy to winemaking that lead him to hand harvest with successive passes to select only grapes at optimal ripeness. He ferments with indigenous yeasts, utilizes no chaptalization, no enzymes, or benonite, and blocks malolactic fermentation.
The Pechers 2017 is a dry-tender as they say now, with around 12g of SR. The wine is not mutated with sulfur to stop fermentation but is drawn off 3 days before setting, filtered on earth then by cartridge to filter the lees and yeasts and immediately bottled, which stops the fermentation and does not require open day of sulfur. It is a pretty lively wine despite the residual sugar, which has a good length and a good volume. The ladies who taste at the same time as me are under the spell!
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