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2015 Chenin Blanc OVNI, Domaine Mourat

2015 Chenin Blanc OVNI, Domaine Mourat
ref. MOUR150 FEB17

Wine Variety: A chameleon of a grape from the Loire Valley in northern France, Chenin Blanc can produce wine in styles from light, dry and fairly neutral, to super-concentrated, fully sweet monsters. Its naturally high acidity means that it is also suitable for the manufacture of sparkling wine. DNA analysis of Chenin Blanc shows it is related to Sauvignon Blanc (sharing both parents with that variety) and Colombard (of which it is a parent). It is the most planted grape in South Africa where it is called Steen. It may be that it was transported there with the first vines imported by Jan van Riebeeck in the 17th century. It is also widely planted in the Americas and other New World countries.

Wine Region: The Loire Valley offers a great diversity of wine styles along its not inconsiderable length, both in red and white wines. White wine vineyards change from Sauvignon Blanc to Melon de Bourgogne via Chenin Blanc as one journeys from source to sea, whilst red wine producers grow Pinot Noir, Malbec (locally called Cot), Gamay and, most famously, Cabernet Franc. White wine styles range from crisp and dry, through sparkling to medium and fully sweet, botrytised versions. Reds are crisp and snappy.

Wine Producer: This estate, organic since 2006, works 127 hectares of vines: 67 of their own, a further 60 under contract. Mourat built a brand new production facility eight years ago just outside Marueil-sur-Lay. One couold call Mourat a modern producer (as evidenced by the concrete fermentation eggs in the winery), but there is absolute respect for the fruit and vineyards from which that fruit comes.

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Style
Style:
Dry White - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Chenin Blanc
  Producer
Producer:
Domaine Mourat
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
  Country
Country:
France
  Appellation
Appellation:
IGP Val de Loir
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2019
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Loire Valley
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Really exciting discovery this, but please do not chill it too much! The nose draws one in with its mixed citrus aromas that take in grapefruit and add it to the more orchard scents of green apples. I found a melon residing here, too. Palate is crisp and tastes of salted green apples. A concentrated wine and from its core emerges a slightly earthy minerality. Long, complex and altogether fascinating. 

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