100% Chenin Blanc, dry Vouvray
The family’s flinty vineyard terroir is evident in the delicately smoky aromas of this pure, dry Chenin Blanc wine. Red apples, candied lemons and limes, sea salt. As taut as a violin bow string or as lush as a symphonic finale—there are few grapes as deliciously varied in temperament as is Chenin Blanc from Vouvray. Domaine de Margalleau, with four generations of winemakers dedicated exclusively to Chenin Blanc, is the source of Vouvray’s most expressive examples of this native grape. The Pieaux family has for decades crafted refined Chenin Blanc wines from the region’s chalky and mineral-rich “tuffeau” soils (the same stones used to build the region’s legendary chateaus). The family vineyards also contain a good amount of flint stone (found also in Sancerre) that adds more complex aromas and enhances the wines’ already lively mineral core.