I am still searching for wine for Ms. England's birthday party. Ideally, I'd like to keep the focus on the Loire Valley ... although I have considered Morgon. 48 people, 4 wines and 2 beers. A Cremant d' Loire to start (?) Sanceree and Chinon for the meal, and a sweet Vouvray for desert ... or so I thought.
Tonight I'll be tasting the Cremant and hopefully my memory of this Champalou will not dissapoint in the comparison.
This wine is easy to remember.
The color is Chenin Blanc, limestone and clay.
The smell is is Limestone and Clay. Lemon Chiffon. And Peach.
There is a fleshiness to the smell itself ... likely the earth and the lees interacting with the varietal itself.
The taste is all apple and lemon zest held in check by a pronounced minerality. Don't get me wrong, the fruit explosion is somewhat intense, but the minerality is even more pronounced. This wine does not let you sit to idle. I'd like to see it age a bit. But as a cleansing agent between courses, I am considering a quick 2 ounce pour for everyone.
Or as a replacement for the Cremant?
Why not? This would start a party of very well.
The second taste reveals the complexity Champalou is noted for: the apples become dried pears, the lemon zest blossoms into quince and orange peel. The minerality remains profound, imparting the chiffon like qualities one would expect from clay and tufa.
But will it work with Hummus and Tabouleh?
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