Localization: Vouvray, Loire Valley, France
Tasting notes: The Champalous are masters of Loire Chenin Blanc, producing Vouvray in all styles; this still, dry rendition, aged in stainless steel, represents their flagship cuvée. Gentle and refreshing on the palate, it boasts a delightful balance of stony minerality with luscious, almost honeyed fruit and flowery notes.
Food pairing: It is for a great apéritif or easy pairing with all sorts of dishes.
The Domain: Catherine and Didier Champalou came from vigneron families, yet their mutual sense of independence prompted them to brave it on their own. Since starting the Domaine in 1983, their label has become one of the most highly acclaimed in the appellation. Vouvray is home to the noble Chenin Blanc, more commonly known as Pineau de la Loire in their part of the world. The Champalou family farms 21 hectares of vineyards, embracing sustainable farming while integrating the use of the lunar calendar. Their soils are rich, deep, and aerated through regular plowing. The Champalou house style produces wines of great elegance and tenderness, highly aromatic with impeccable balance. No one comes close to copying their distinct style.