2009 Guy Saget Vouvray "Marie de Beauregard"

Year: 2009
Appellation: Loire Valley
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
White Wine
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100% Chenin Blanc

"Ripe and mouthfilling, with layers of pear eau de vie, quince, dried persimmon and ginger that unfold slowly, all while a lively minerality cuts through. The long finish shows lovely definition. Drink now through 2016. 1,200 cases imported." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Quality and respect of nature have always been the philosophy of Vignobles Guy Saget. Brought up in the vineyards, the Saget brothers: Jean Louis and Christian, learned from a very young age to love and respect the soil. Vignobles Guy Saget sources two-thirds of the production in the Loire Valley from their estates with the remainder from long-term relationships with families of wine growers. Marie de Beauregard wines are from an estate located in a village called “La Roche Corbon” near Vouvray with whom we have had a partnership with for over 10 years. Bruno Mineur, our winemaker, then selects the best of the estate grown grapes for blending and maturing. The name “Marie de Beauregard” is a homage to the first owner’s wife of the water mill where we age the wines.

Grapes are mechanically harvested at the beginning of October. The grapes are pressed very slowly into a pneumatic press. The must is clarified by a static cold settling for 2 days before being fermented. This fermentation initiates naturally without adding yeast. This wines areagedfor9monthsin 2-3year old oak barrel stop reserve the characteristics of Vouvray.

Marie de Beauregard Vouvray is a very well balanced wine. The mouth is semi dry with delicate wooded overtones typical of the Pineau de la Loire (chenin blanc) varietal. Linden and honeysuckle fragrances are finely shaded by mineral overtones. A good balanced mouth is highlighted on the finish with a wonderful nose of white fruits.