Benoit Gautier 2016 Vouvray "Cuvee Argilex"


"Lush and ripe, with alluring pear, quince and mirabelle plum fruit flavors that glide through, inlaid with fine acidity and a flash of minerality to keep this fresh and pure, while light verbena and honeysuckle notes add nuance throughout. Drink now through 2028." Wine Spectator 92 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: French - Loire, Wine

Type: WINE

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