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Les Pichiaux Loire Valley France 2019 - 750 ml

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Les Pichiaux Loire Valley France 2019 - 750 ml

Regular price $42.00
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About the Wine
Vintage:2019
Producer:Noëlla Morantin
Location:Loire Valley, France
Appellation:Vin de France
Grapes:Sauvignin Blanc
Ageing: 9 to 12 months in old French oak barrels on the lees. Fermented in fiberglass vats. 
Tasting Notes
Light color and a bit oaky. Well balanced and fresh. A luscious, vibrant white wine made from a single vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc. The soils are a mix of clay and flint on limestone.
Noëlla Morantin makes beautiful wines in Touraine, an appellation in the Loire Valley, but rather than submit her bottles for the AOC to grant appellation status, she bottles her wines as Vin de France. In doing so, she loses the regional recognition that many consumers rely on. The purpose of the AOC is to provide a "sense of place" and to protect the specific profiles wine drinkers have come to expect when hearing names like Sancerre or Chablis. I would argue that Noëlla's wines offer more sense of place than any chemically farmed neighbors. She works organically and has no chemical intervention whatsoever, save for a tiny bit of sulfur added at bottling to help preserve the wine. What you taste is the pure expression of the fruit. Grapefruit, meyer lemon, a seashell minerality, just a hint of green. Wonderfully textured, luscious.

A Glass of Facts

The Mellot family name is one of the French wine community’s most long-lived and celebrated. Their history goes back more than five hundred years (to 1513) in the Central Loire Valley where they make their home in Sancerre and bottle wines under the name Domaine Alphonse Mellot. Emmanuelle set out to find winery partners who largely work with organic and/or biodynamic methods (as her family’s estate does) from different high-quality satellite appellations near Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The principal objective (aside from making fabulous wines) is to bring more notoriety to these lesser-known appellations and to unify them in approach in order to better expose the voice of each region and help to familiarize their names to a more broad audience.