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The Vigneau brothers, Christophe and Stéphane, have 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on prime Vouvray vineyards spread over a variety of sites.
The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began the process of converting to organic production in the early 1990’s and in 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received certification from Ecocert. The current generation have taken the next step by adopting a biodynamic approach which pays close attention to the natural rhythms of the earth and lunar cycles.
Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau is one of the only two estates in Vouvray to be biodynamic and they own 25% of the appellation’s organic vineyards – 30 ha.
The Vouvray Pétillant Brut is 100% Chenin Blanc from low-yielding, 25 year old vines. The grapes are hand picked, crushed in pneumatic presses and fermented in steel. A natural second fermentation then takes place in the bottle to give the wine its fizz. The significance of the term pétillant is that the pressure of CO2 in the wine is lower (3.5 bar) giving a very elegant style. The wine is aged in bottle for 18 months before disgorgement.
Pale gold in appearance, the wine has very fine bubbles. The nose is clean and fresh with apple, pear and citrus fruit aromas. The palate is dry and refreshing with ripe fruit and fine balancing acidity.