Cour-Cheverny Cuvée Renaissance

2015

100% Romorantin. This grape is an ancient and now rare local Loire variety, essentially saved by Cazin and a couple of other growers who fought to save their old vines as well as the variety as a whole by establishing an appellation to feature exclusively Romorantin. Cour Cheverny has only existed since 1997. Cazin's vines range widely in age, planted from 1928 up through 2003 thus far, on limestone-rich clay soils. Romorantin is naturally high in acidity and minerality; like Chenin Blanc, it can be dry, steely and zingy , though always with underlying ripe-apple or honeyed, or off-dry to sweet, but always with a solid acid-mineral core.

Cuvee Renaissance is made only Cazin's best years, when the conditions are right for botrytization, from the estate's oldest vines. The fruit is harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tank with native yeasts. The wine is aged on its lees in neutral barrel for a year and then bottled by gravity without filtration. In 2014, there are 18 grams/liter of residual sugar with 5 grams of acidity.

Le Petit Chambord (on every Cazin label) is the historical name of the family property.

 

93 points
"...an absolutely exceptional bottle in the making. This is fairly ripe, coming in at 13.5 percent octane, but has plenty of zesty acidity to add cut and clarity to the wine on the palate. The bouquet is lovely, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of lime, orange, a touch of menthol, wild fennel, lovely minerality, citrus peel and dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and laserlike in its focus, with a fine core, snappy acids, lovely complexity and grip and a very, very long and energetic finish. This will age forever, but is already extremely tasty! 2018-2050."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, Issue #77

SKU/Code: 
DB0300-15
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Romorantin
Farming Type: 
Sustainable