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White Wine from France - Loire
Made from the Chéreau family's historic plot of vines averaging 100 years of age, this Loire Valley wine is given extended bottle maturation for greater complexity without losing its inherent freshness.
Price: £10.50 Bottle
Price: £126.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: LO15981

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Muscadet
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2022
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Chereau-Carré

The name Chéreau has been prevalent in winemaking circles in the Nantais area of the Loire region for centuries. This particular branch of the family, however, did not enter the wine business until after World War II. Starting with only a small family plot in the early 1950s, Bernard Chéreau senior set about acquiring more vineyards and property in Sèvre-et-Maine, the most notable being Château de Chasseloir in 1953, with its 15th-century tower, historic chai and 100-year-old plot of vines.

Chéreau’s marriage to Mademoiselle Carré also brought the vineyards of Château l’Oiselinière into the fold. Following this union, the business was renamed Chéreau-Carré in order to distinguish it from other growers with the Chéreau name and the couple’s business went from strength to strength. Investment in the region has continued since and they now own 133 hectares across six domaines and five communes.

The Society first bought here in February 1986 (the L'Oiselinière 1985). Second generation Bernard Chéreau, is in charge of the whole family firm, which includes a number of domaines under the Chéreau-Carré umbrella, and in 2014 his daughter Louise joined him to continue the family commitment to the region and to the development of the Crus Communaux.

Naturally, the melon de Bourgogne – or muscadet – grape is king here and there is extensive use of lees-ageing to provide an extra dimension to the wines. Sur lie wines often have more character and Bernard’s wines prove they can develop in...
The name Chéreau has been prevalent in winemaking circles in the Nantais area of the Loire region for centuries. This particular branch of the family, however, did not enter the wine business until after World War II. Starting with only a small family plot in the early 1950s, Bernard Chéreau senior set about acquiring more vineyards and property in Sèvre-et-Maine, the most notable being Château de Chasseloir in 1953, with its 15th-century tower, historic chai and 100-year-old plot of vines.

Chéreau’s marriage to Mademoiselle Carré also brought the vineyards of Château l’Oiselinière into the fold. Following this union, the business was renamed Chéreau-Carré in order to distinguish it from other growers with the Chéreau name and the couple’s business went from strength to strength. Investment in the region has continued since and they now own 133 hectares across six domaines and five communes.

The Society first bought here in February 1986 (the L'Oiselinière 1985). Second generation Bernard Chéreau, is in charge of the whole family firm, which includes a number of domaines under the Chéreau-Carré umbrella, and in 2014 his daughter Louise joined him to continue the family commitment to the region and to the development of the Crus Communaux.

Naturally, the melon de Bourgogne – or muscadet – grape is king here and there is extensive use of lees-ageing to provide an extra dimension to the wines. Sur lie wines often have more character and Bernard’s wines prove they can develop in the bottle and cellar too, as most vividly displayed by the Cuvée des Ceps Centenaires, from 100-year-old vines on the Chasseloir property, and Le Clos du Château at L'Oiselinière. The Society has listed the former for many vintages, while the latter, a more recent arrival, and their contribution to the new Cru Communal initiative, is a prestige bottling from a perfectly exposed, mineral-rich plot of eighty year old vines, matured for up to 33 months on its lees (and hence, ironically, not allowed the sur Lie appellation).
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Cuvée des Ceps Centenaires

This is a traditionally made Muscadet, from 12 acres of hand-harvested centenarian vines at Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine, where the soil is schistous and enjoys a southerly exposure. The resulting wine, made only in the best years, is aged for 10 months or so on its lees and given extended bottle maturation for greater complexity and a little more palate weight without losing Muscadet’s inherent freshness.

Such is the character that these old vines bring to the wine that they are not being replanted as each vine ceases to produce, and so this vineyard will eventually stop production... so enjoy the wine while you can!

Loire Valley Vintage 2016 Muscadet

Perhaps more than any year in recent memory, the Loire was hit with pretty much everything in 2016; a wet early season, early spring frosts and cool temperatures at flowering affecting quantities in places. But luckily a fine end to a challenging season brought huge sighs of relief to growers who managed each new threat with vigilance and patience. Early tastings have shown good, clean fruit in an appealing style which should provide plenty of pleasure in the short to mid term.

The 2016 growing season was one of the most complicated in living memory. Loire vignerons are made of stern stuff and rose to the challenge, despite widespread despondency at the end of August after a heatwave with exceptionally high temperatures that felt like the last straw. Spring was very wet, many appellations were hit by severe frost in April, and it was cool around the critical flowering period, by which time many were already looking at a reduced crop. Severe drought followed and vines – and growers –...
Perhaps more than any year in recent memory, the Loire was hit with pretty much everything in 2016; a wet early season, early spring frosts and cool temperatures at flowering affecting quantities in places. But luckily a fine end to a challenging season brought huge sighs of relief to growers who managed each new threat with vigilance and patience. Early tastings have shown good, clean fruit in an appealing style which should provide plenty of pleasure in the short to mid term.

The 2016 growing season was one of the most complicated in living memory. Loire vignerons are made of stern stuff and rose to the challenge, despite widespread despondency at the end of August after a heatwave with exceptionally high temperatures that felt like the last straw. Spring was very wet, many appellations were hit by severe frost in April, and it was cool around the critical flowering period, by which time many were already looking at a reduced crop. Severe drought followed and vines – and growers – were ready to give up, when miraculously, a sprinkling of reviving rain arrived, accompanied by fine weather with cooler evenings, and then a little more rain to help to ripen the grapes and boost the size of the crop.
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