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Vouvray Sec ‘Spring', Carême 2012

White Wine from France - Loire
Vincent Carême is farming organically and intervenes as little as possible in the cellar. This has appealing ripe apple aroma and round flavour in a generous, friendly style.
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Code: LO10671

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chenin Blanc
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Vincent and Tania Carême

Vincent Carême and his South African wife Tania established themselves on their Vouvray property in 1999. They farm organically on 14 hectares of land around the villages of Vouvray, Vernou-sur-Brenne and Noizay in the Loire Valley, supplementing production with grapes, and sometimes wine, bought in from friends and colleagues locally to produce a négociant range to sit alongside their domaine wines.

The soils here are classic tuffeau limestone with some clay and flint and the vineyards sit at just over 300 feet above sea level. The ancient cellars are hand cut into the tuffeau cliffs overlooking the river.

Having plied his trade all over the world, including making wine in Thailand, Vincent has settled back into his home region with Tania, where he makes several styles of wine from hand-picked chenin blanc grapes, using minimal sulphur in the winemaking process. He also teaches locally and consults for friends and colleagues in the area.

Given their personal links with South Africa, it comes as no surprise to learn that Vincent has also been making wine there, from the chenin blanc that is the speciality of Vouvray of course. The grapes are sourced from old vines grown in granitic soils in the Swartland region and the wine – Terre Brûlée (Scorched Earth) – is made at the Leeuwenkuil winery, where the team have enjoyed working together. The end result, they say, is that some of their wines have become a little more European in style, whilst Vincent's is very much a wine of...
Vincent Carême and his South African wife Tania established themselves on their Vouvray property in 1999. They farm organically on 14 hectares of land around the villages of Vouvray, Vernou-sur-Brenne and Noizay in the Loire Valley, supplementing production with grapes, and sometimes wine, bought in from friends and colleagues locally to produce a négociant range to sit alongside their domaine wines.

The soils here are classic tuffeau limestone with some clay and flint and the vineyards sit at just over 300 feet above sea level. The ancient cellars are hand cut into the tuffeau cliffs overlooking the river.

Having plied his trade all over the world, including making wine in Thailand, Vincent has settled back into his home region with Tania, where he makes several styles of wine from hand-picked chenin blanc grapes, using minimal sulphur in the winemaking process. He also teaches locally and consults for friends and colleagues in the area.

Given their personal links with South Africa, it comes as no surprise to learn that Vincent has also been making wine there, from the chenin blanc that is the speciality of Vouvray of course. The grapes are sourced from old vines grown in granitic soils in the Swartland region and the wine – Terre Brûlée (Scorched Earth) – is made at the Leeuwenkuil winery, where the team have enjoyed working together. The end result, they say, is that some of their wines have become a little more European in style, whilst Vincent's is very much a wine of the Western Cape but with a lighter French touch.

Vincent is an influential young grower and winemaker and certainly one to watch, and both he and Tania are charming and welcoming, and have become great supporters of The Wine Society.
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Loire Valley Vintage 2012 Anjou Touraine

The year was a tricky one as a damp spring presaged a difficult harvest. Generally a good vintage rather than a great one, with reduced yields, but there are some great examples of Muscadet (where 2012 is a great vintage and many wines of great vitality were made). Chinon, Bourgueil, Menetou-Salon, Sancerre (both sauvignon and pinot noir), and Pouilly-Fumé fared well too. Lighter whites, sauvignons in Touraine and good chenin in Vouvray and Montlouis, are still fruity and refreshing, and sparkling whites are successful.

2012 vintage reviews
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Sunday Express

Here is a brilliantexample of dry Vouvray with zippy acidity and strong flavours of apples, pearsand lemons. It's concentrated, direct, and an excellent match for pork chops.

- Jamie Goode

Decanter

2012 in the Loire waschallenging, yet this Vouvray winemaking star has made an appealing chenin,from vines averaging 30 years old. The chalky nose has melon and green applenotes, while it's full and...
2012 in the Loire waschallenging, yet this Vouvray winemaking star has made an appealing chenin,from vines averaging 30 years old. The chalky nose has melon and green applenotes, while it's full and round in the mouth, with honey and ripe apricot.
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