Benoit Gautier 2017 Vouvray "Cuvee Argilex"


"Yellow apple and nectarine notes mingle in this graceful, friendly version. Shows vibrancy and focus to the linear frame. Minerality marks the finish. Drink now through 2025. 800 cases made, 150 cases imported." Wine Spectator 89 Points

In 2004, Gautier launched a new and original cuvée, Argilex. It derives from white clay (argile) soil mixed with crumbled silex or quartz in specific hillside vineyard sites in the communes of Rochecorbon and Parcay-Meslay. The silex layers derive from coral bands in the ancient sea-bed dating back one million years. The silex particles embedded in clay often glisten in the sunlight.

Winemaker Notes: The grapes for the Argilex are harvested by hand at the precise moment when ripeness and natural acidity are in optimal balance, so that the wines is as fresh, vivid and expressive as possible. The wine is vinified fully dry at cold temperature using only native yeasts, and it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to highlight the bright, racy fruit. The fine lees are kept in suspension until bottling in April, as they impart complexity and nuance to the wine.


Collections: France, French - Loire, Wine

Type: WINE

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